Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture

Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture

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Tales of neoliberalism’s death are serially overstated. Following the financial crisis of 2008, neoliberalism was proclaimed a “zombie,” a disgraced ideology that staggered on like an undead monster. After the political ruptures of 2016, commentators were quick to announce “the end” of neoliberalism yet again, pointing to both the global rise of far-right forces and the reinvigoration of democratic socialist politics. But do new political forces sound neoliberalism’s death knell or will they instead catalyze new mutations in its dynamic development?

Mutant Neoliberalism brings together leading scholars of neoliberalism—political theorists, historians, philosophers, anthropologists and sociologists—to rethink transformations in market rule and their relation to ongoing political ruptures. The chapters show how years of neoliberal governance, policy, and depoliticization created the conditions for thriving reactionary forces, while also reflecting on whether recent trends will challenge, reconfigure, or extend neoliberalism’s reach. The contributors reconsider neoliberalism’s relationship with its assumed adversaries and map mutations in financialized capitalism and governance across time and space—from Europe and the United States to China and India. Taken together, the volume recasts the stakes of contemporary debate and reorients critique and resistance within a rapidly changing landscape.

Contributors: Étienne Balibar, Sören Brandes, Wendy Brown, Melinda Cooper, Julia Elyachar, Michel Feher, Megan Moodie, Christopher Newfield, Dieter Plehwe, Lisa Rofel, Leslie Salzinger, Quinn Slobodian

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ISBN-13: 9780823285730
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

William Callison (Edited By)
William Callison is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Law at Lafayette College. He is co-editor of “Rethinking Sovereignty and Capitalism” (Qui Parle) and of “Europe at a Crossroads” (Near Futures Online, Zone Books).

Zachary Manfredi (Edited By)
Zachary Manfredi is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Humanity, The New York University Law Review, The Texas Journal of International Law, and Critical Times.

Étienne Balibar is Professor Emeritus of Moral and Political Philosophy at Université de Paris X-Nanterre; Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine; and Visiting Professor of French at Columbia University. His many books in English include Citizen Subject: Foundations for Philosophical Anthropology (Fordham, 2016), Violence and Civility: On the Limits of Political Philosophy (Columbia, 2016); Equaliberty: Political Essays (Duke, 2014); We, the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (Princeton, 2003); Politics and the Other Scene (Verso, 2002); Masses, Classes, Ideas: Studies on Politics and Philosophy before and after Marx (Routledge, 1994), and two important co-authored books, Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities (with Immanuel Wallerstein; Verso, 1988) and Reading Capital: The Complete Edition (with Louis Althusser and others; Verso, 2016).
Sören Brandes is a research fellow at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Moral Economies of Modern Societies at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and a Ph.D. candidate at the Free University Berlin. He is coeditor of a special issue on “Practices of Capitalism” in Mittelweg 36 and has published on the history of neoliberalism and mass media in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Wendy Brown is Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also affiliated with the Program in Critical Theory. Among her many book titles are Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity (Princeton University Press, 2006), Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books, 2010), Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (Zone Books, 2015), and In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West (Columbia University Press, 2019).
Melinda Cooper is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on the broad areas of social studies of finance, biomedical economies, neoliberalism, and new social conservatisms. She is author of Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (University of Washington Press, 2008) and Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Zone Books, 2017). She is coeditor, with Martijn Konings, of the Stanford University Press book series Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times.
Julia Elyachar is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and a member of Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies. She is an anthropologist broadly trained in economics, social theory, the history of political and economic thought, Middle Eastern Studies, and the Arabic language. She is author of Markets of Dispossession: NGOs, Economic Development, and the State in Cairo (Duke University Press, 2005), which won the American Ethnological Association’s Sharon Stephens First Book Prize in 2007.
Michel Feher is a philosopher, a founding editor of Zone Books, and the cofounder and president of Cette France-là, Paris, a monitoring group on French immigration policy. He is currently a visiting professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. His publications include Powerless by Design: The Age of the International Community (Duke University Press, 2000), Nongovernmental Politics (Zone Books, 2007), Xénophobie d’en haut: Le choix d’une droite éhontée (La Découverte, 2012), “Europe at a Crossroads” (Near Futures Online, 2016), and Rated Agency: Investee Politics for a Speculative Age (Zone Books, 2018).
Megan C. Moodie is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Affiliated Faculty in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on feminist political and legal anthropology, kinship and reproduction, and experimental ethnographic writing in South Asia, East Europe, and the United States. She is author of We Were Adivasis: Aspiration in an Indian Scheduled Tribe (University of Chicago Press, 2015). She is also the curator and editor of the Margaret Mead Journalism Project, a popular-media public anthropology initiative housed at the UCSC Center for Emerging Worlds.
Christopher Newfield is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current areas of research span innovation theory, race relations, science studies, the future of solar energy, humanities-based approaches to economics, and Critical University Studies, a field that he helped found. His most recent books include Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880–1980 (Duke University Press, 2003), Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), and The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).
Dieter Plehwe is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Inequality and Social Policy at the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB). His recent books include Neoliberal Hegemony: A Global Critique (with Walpen, Routledge, 2006); The Road from Mont Pèlerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (with Mirowski, Harvard University Press, 2009); and Liberalism and the Welfare State: Economists and Arguments for the Welfare State (with Backhouse, Bateman, and Nishizawa, Oxford University Press, 2017). His research in the WZB project “Modes of Economic Governance” focuses on European interest groups, think tank networks, and the transformation of transnational governance. He is currently working on an edited volume on neoliberalism with Quinn Slobodian and Philip Mirowski.
Lisa Rofel is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her publications include Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism (University of California Press, 1999) and Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture (Duke University Press, 2007). Her most recent work, with Sylvia Yanagisako, Fabricating Transnational Capitalism: A Collaborative Ethnography of Italian-Chinese Global Fashion (Duke University Press, 2019) offers an innovative approach to studying the commodity chains of transnational capitalism.
Leslie Salzinger is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a sociologist and ethnographer who focuses on Latin America, and her research is concerned with gender, capitalism, globalization, and economic sociology. She is the author of the award-winning book Genders in Production: Making Workers in Mexico’s Global Factories (University of California Press, 2003), and is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Model Markets: Peso Dollar Exchange as a Site of Neoliberal Incorporation.
Quinn Slobodian is Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College. His books include Foreign Front: Third World Politics in Sixties West Germany (Duke University Press, 2012), Comrades of Color: East Germany in the Cold War World (Berghahn, 2015), and Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (Harvard University Press, 2018). He is currently coediting a volume on neoliberalism with Dieter Plehwe and Philip Mirowski.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theorizing Mutant Neoliberalism | 1
William Callison and Zachary Manfredi

1. Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail | 39
Wendy Brown

2. The Market’s People: Milton Friedman and the Making of Neoliberal Populism | 61
Sören Brandes

3. Neoliberals against Europe | 89
Quinn Slobodian and Dieter Plehwe

4. Anti-Austerity on the Far Right | 112
Melinda Cooper

5. Disposing of the Discredited: A European Project | 146
Michel Feher

6. Neoliberalism, Rationality, and the Savage Slot | 177
Julia Elyachar

7. Sexing Homo OEconomicus: Finding Masculinity at Work | 196
Leslie Salzinger

8. Feminist Theory Redux: Neoliberalism’s Public-Private Divide | 215
Megan Moodie and Lisa Rofel

9. “Innovation” Discourse and the Neoliberal University: Top Ten Reasons to Abolish Disruptive Innovation | 244
Christopher Newfield

10. Absolute Capitalism | 269
Étienne Balibar

List of Contributors | 291

Index | 295

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