Ethnographies of Neoliberalism

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Why do people invest so much emotional energy and resources in conflicts over images, symbols, rituals, and other cultural expressions? The answers explored in Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies view such expressions as barriers to or opportunities for inclusion in a divided society's symbolic landscape and political life.

Prize-winning author Roger Sanjek tells the story of the Gray Panthers, an intergenerational activist group founded in 1970. He depicts struggles against mandatory retirement and Social Security cuts, and for universal health care and peace, by this national movement representing tens of thousands of supporters.

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"Engaging. . . . Readers come away with a richer understanding of how people inside and outside government have used, resisted, and been affected by the logic of neoliberalism."—Transforming Anthropology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812241921
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/22/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol J. Greenhouse is Department Chair and Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. She is the author of The Paradox of Relevance: Ethnography and Citizenship in the United States, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press, as well as coeditor of Ethnography in Unstable Places: Everyday Life in the Context of Dramatic Political Change and editor of Democracy and Ethnography: Constructing Identities in Multicultural Liberal States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Carol J. Greenhouse 1

Part I State Investments in Insecurity

1 Security and the Neoliberal State: British Political Imaginaries After 7/7 Kathleen Hall 13

2 The War on Terror and the Paradox of Sovereignty: Declining States and States of Exception Joseba Zulaika 28

3 Liberalism Against Neoliberalism: Resistance to Structural Adjustment and the Fragmentation of the State in Russia and Hungary Kim Lane Scheppele 44

4 Japan as Mirror: Neoliberalism's Promise and Costs Amy Borovoy 60

Part II Politics in the Public-Private Divide

5 Local Political Geography and American Political Identity Robert R. Rodgers Stephen Macedo 77

6 Urbanizing the San Juan Fiesta; Civil Society and Cultural Identity in the Barrios of Caracas Sujatha Fernandes 96

7 Neoliberalism, Satirical Protest, and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign Angelique Haugerud 112

Part III Markets for Cultural Diversity

8 The Question of Freedom: Post-Emancipation South Africa in a Neoliberal Age Anne-Maria Makhulu 131

9 Neoliberal Cultural Heritage and Bolivia's New Indigenous Public Robert Albro 146

10 Neoliberal Education: Preparing the Student for the New Workplace Bonnie Urciuoli 162

11 Harlem's Pasts in Its Present Sandhya Shukla 177

Part IV Agency and Ambivalence

12 Performing Laïcité: Gender, Agency, and Neoliberalism Among Algerians in France Jane E. Goodman 195

13 The "Daughters of Soul" Tour and the Politics and Possibilities of Black Music Maureen Mahon 207

14 Rags to Riches: Religion, Media, and the Performance of Wealth in a Neoliberal Age Maria Frederick 221

15 The Temporality of No Hope Hirokazu Miyazaki 238


References 267

List of Contributors 299

Index 301

Acknowledgments 314

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