End of Capitalism (As We Knew it)

End of Capitalism (As We Knew it)

by JK Gibson-Graham
     
 

Why does the future (not to mention the present) seem to offer no hope of escape from capitalism? Ironically, the author argues, it is not the economic discourse of the right but primarily the socialist and Marxist traditions that have constituted capitalism as large, powerful, active, expansive, penetrating, systematic, self-reproducing, dynamic, protean,

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Why does the future (not to mention the present) seem to offer no hope of escape from capitalism? Ironically, the author argues, it is not the economic discourse of the right but primarily the socialist and Marxist traditions that have constituted capitalism as large, powerful, active, expansive, penetrating, systematic, self-reproducing, dynamic, protean, victorious, and capable of conferring identity and meaning.

In this book J. K Gibson-Graham explores the possibility of more enlivening modes of economic thought and action, outside and beyond the theory and practice of capitalist reproduction. She draws critically on feminist and post structuralist theorizings, of subjectivity and the body, and on anti-essentialist aspects of Marxism. She seeks (and finds) protean forms of capitalist representation not only in economic policy and contemporary urban space but in the discursive practices of feminism, cultural studies and the politics of the left. Challenging the usual vision of capitalism as necessarily and naturally hegemonic, J. K. Gibson-Graham liberates a space of economic difference, one in which a noncapitalist politics of economic invasion might take root and flourish.

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"This is a truly remarkable book. I am quite confident that it will be at the center of debate for some time to come" David F. Ruccio, University of Notre Dame

"From the start, J. K. Gibson-Graham presents us with a text that is clear and accessible, but equally evocative of the complexities that the elected poststructural and overdeterminist approach requires ... In short, this book is an original, creative and elegant feast of theory and geographic opportunities. While the purpose and content is ambitious, Gibson-Graham provides an enticing way in which we might imagine and investigate economic heterogeneity. The influence of the book will likely be profound and widespread as geographers continue to explore these possibilities." R. Liepins, University of Otago

"This project of writing noncapitalism and not waiting for the revolution to do it remains an essential one." Economic Geography

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557868626
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/04/1996
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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