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reify

To regard (something abstract) as a material thing.
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female and same-sex) desires long misidentified with fascist development as decadent, regressive, and inevitably reificatory mystifications of social need at best tolerable when contained through displacement onto idealized fetish-phantasms.
This also entails the undermining or subverting of the essentialist or reificatory notion that the language identity of a text is something "objectively" given, that language is the property of the text since the reader is made aware that the language identity of the text is ultimately the product of his own agency operating through his choice, will and act.
I've never liked the leftist use of the term 'the dialectic', which seems to me deeply reificatory, but the 'dialectical' is a different matter.