Critique and Resistance in a Neoliberal Age: Towards a by Charles Masquelier

By Charles Masquelier

This booklet lays the conceptual foundation for a coalition of struggles less than the neoliberal age. In doing so, the writer demonstrates that, regardless of speak of fragmention, divisions and conflicts, the current scenario deals clean possibilities for connecting assorted solidarities. Critique and Resistance in a Neoliberal Age explores what connects members, not just among neoliberal stipulations of financial, cultural and environmental domination but in addition in resistance. It additionally highlights the transformative energy of human motion, through grounding neoliberal techniques in human motion and demonstrating the relevance of, and possibilities for, emancipatory politics today.

supplying a critique orientated in the direction of social swap, trained by means of a huge variety of theoretical traditions and empirical examine, the e-book may be of curiosity to scholars and students within the fields of sociology, politics and philosophy, in addition to these attracted to the chances for social change.

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So, while financialization can contribute to a qualitative change of signs and symbols, such as those guiding an individual acting like a financial investor in his or her daily life, it also marks the advent of increasingly symbolically articulated economic activities. The sociological implications of the latter set of changes were most explicitly captured by Jean Baudrillard (1975). Despite mainly devoting his attention to the rising significance of consumption in value creation, his early works provide some conceptual tools adaptable to the analysis of financialization.

Competition is understood as a key market principle and driving force behind the emergence of utility-maximizing and personally responsible individuals. However, Hayek’s aversion to all forms of planning meant that he anticipated the development of competitive practices as part of an evolutionary process of adaptation, rather than as the result of institutional strategies. This puts his position at odds with the ordoliberal tradition1 , and crucially, with really existing neoliberalism. Indeed, under the latter, the state has come to assume an immensely strategic role in promoting and institutionalizing competition by, for example, the creation of free-trade blocs or the withdrawal of subsidies and labour rights.

The sociological implications of the latter set of changes were most explicitly captured by Jean Baudrillard (1975). Despite mainly devoting his attention to the rising significance of consumption in value creation, his early works provide some conceptual tools adaptable to the analysis of financialization. Of particular interest, here, is his stance on the Marxian critique of political economy which, he claims, fails to grasp adequately the implications of recent economic transformations for the creation of value.

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