Drawing on a mix of political, economic, literary, and filmic texts, Crisis Cultures challenges current cultural histories of the neoliberal period by arguing that financialization, and not just neoliberalism, has been at the center of the dramatic transformations in Latin American societies in the last thirty years. Starting from political economic figures such as crisis, hyperinflation, credit, and circulation and exemplary cultural texts, Whitener traces the interactions between culture, finance, surplus populations, and racialized state violence after 1982 in Mexico and Brazil. Crisis Cultures makes sense of the emergence of new forms of exploitation and terrifying police and militarized violence by tracking the cultural and discursive forms, including real abstraction and the favela and immaterial cadavers and voided collectivities, that have emerged in the complicated aftermath of the long downturn and global turn to finance.
About the Author
Brian Whitener is an assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of South Alabama.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Long Downturn and the Rise of Finance in Mexico and Brazil 3
1 The Saltos of Finance: Crisis and Ontology in Post-1982 Mexico 25
2 The Failures of Finance: Brazilian Urban Peripheries and the Socialization of Crisis 59
3 Anti-Subjects of Credit: Financial Para-Corporatism and Fragility in Brazil 89
4 Voided Collectivities: Cultures of Circulation in Contemporary Mexico 118