Perspective on Global Crisis

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This special issue examines the global economic crisis in systemic terms that encompass economic, social, and cultural dimensions of contemporary life. The essays analyze not only the nature of the crisis but also the possibilities of transformative action. One contributor evaluates the historical structural causes of the contemporary crisis to propose future tactics for the Left in promoting egalitarian and locally autonomous and self-sufficient economic practices. Another explores crises in the global ...

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Overview

This special issue examines the global economic crisis in systemic terms that encompass economic, social, and cultural dimensions of contemporary life. The essays analyze not only the nature of the crisis but also the possibilities of transformative action. One contributor evaluates the historical structural causes of the contemporary crisis to propose future tactics for the Left in promoting egalitarian and locally autonomous and self-sufficient economic practices. Another explores crises in the global pharmaceutical industry, particularly in India and the United States, and the inherent structures of global capital and biocapital through which health itself becomes a source of capitalistic value. Another essay reads the current credit crisis as a way to illuminate how deeply financial markets are embedded in the social fabric of work, ritual, and play and how the persistent failure to regulate market rule has led to an endless cycle of crisis-induced and crisis-inducing restructuring of policy. Together, the essays reinvigorate the study of global and long-term historical processes and structures. In this issue’s special topical section, “Against the Day,” edited by Priyamvada Gopal, contributors analyze the current assault on higher education in Great Britain, including dramatic budget cuts and tuition increases, the resultant student protest movements, and the future of the humanities.

Contributors: Giovanni Arrighi, Gurminder Bhambra, Neil Brenner, Duncan K. Foley, Priyamvada Gopal, Michael Hardt, Gary Herrigel, John Holmwood, Simon Jarvis, Benjamin Lee, Edward LiPuma, Claudio Lomnitz, Jamie Peck, Moishe Postone, Nina Power, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Beverly Silver, Nik Theodore, Immanuel Wallerstein

Moishe Postone is Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822367642
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Thinking the Global Crisis Moishe Postone 227

The Political Economy of Postcrisis Global Capitalism Duncan K. Foley 251

Neoliberalism Resurgent? Market Rule after the Great Recession Jamie Peck Nik Theodore Neil Brenner 265

A Social Approach to the Financial Derivatives Markets Edward LiPuma Benjamin Lee 289

Sociability and Market Making: A Response to LiPuma and Lee Gary Herrigel 317

Pharmaceutical Crises and Questions of Value: Terrains and Logics of Global Therapeutic Politics Kaushik Sunder Rajan 321

Time and Dependency in Latin America Today Claudio Lomnitz 347

Falsify the Currency! Michael Hardt 359

Assaults on the British University System Priyamvada Gopal

A Note from the Editor Michael Hardt 382

How Universities Die Priyamvada Gopal 383

The Attack on Education as a Social Right John Holmwood Gurminder K. Bhambra 392

Phantasmal Disestablishment Simon Jarvis 402

Dangerous Subjects: UK Students and the Criminalization of Protest Nina Power 412

Notes on Contributors 421

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