Ethnographies of Neoliberalism [electronic resource] / Carol J. Greenhouse.

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De Gruyter Online.
Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2012]
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Economics -- Sociological aspects.
In English.
Since 2008, the global economic crisis has exposed and deepened the tensions between austerity and social security-not just as competing paradigms of recovery but also as fundamentally different visions of governmental and personal responsibility. In this sense, the core premise of neoliberalism-the dominant approach to government around the world since the 1980s-may by now have reached a certain political limit. Based on the premise that markets are more efficient than government, neoliberal reforms were pushed by powerful national and transnational organizations as conditions of investment, lending, and trade, often in the name of freedom. In the same spirit, governments increasingly turned to the private sector for what were formerly state functions. While it has become a commonplace to observe that neoliberalism refashioned citizenship around consumption, the essays in this volume demonstrate the incompleteness of that image-as the social limits of neoliberalism are inherent in its very practice.Ethnographies of Neoliberalism collects original ethnographic case studies of the effects of neoliberal reform on the conditions of social participation, such as new understandings of community, family, and gender roles, the commodification of learning, new forms of protest against corporate power, and the restructuring of local political institutions. Carol J. Greenhouse has brought together scholars in anthropology, communications, education, English, music, political science, religion, and sociology to focus on the emergent conditions of political agency under neoliberal regimes. This is the first volume to address the effects of neoliberal reform on people's self-understandings as social and political actors. The essayists consider both the positive and negative unintended results of neoliberal reform, and the theoretical contradictions within neoliberalism, as illuminated by circumstances on the ground in Africa, Europe, Sout
Part I. State Investments in Insecurity
Chapter 1. Security and the Neoliberal State
Chapter 2. The War on Terror and the Paradox of Sovereignty
Chapter 3. Liberalism Against Neoliberalism
Chapter 4. Japan as Mirror
Part II. Politics in the Public-Private Divide
Chapter 5. Local Political Geography and American Political Identity
Chapter 6. Urbanizing the San Juan Fiesta
Chapter 7. Neoliberalism, Satirical Protest, and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Campaign
Part III. Markets for Cultural Diversity
Chapter 8. The Question of Freedom
Chapter 9. Neoliberal Cultural Heritage and Bolivia's New Indigenous Public
Chapter 10. Neoliberal Education
Chapter 11. Harlem's Pasts in Its Present
Part IV. Agency and Ambivalence
Chapter 12. Performing Laïcité
Chapter 13. The "Daughters of Soul" Tour and the Politics and Possibilities of Black Music
Chapter 14. Rags to Riches
Chapter 15. The Temporality of No Hope
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Greenhouse, Carol J.
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