Mutant Neoliberalism

9780823285716: Hardback
Release Date: 5th November 2019

9780823285709: Paperback
Release Date: 5th November 2019

9780823285723: EPUB
Release Date: 5th November 2019

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Release Date: 5th November 2019

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 320

Edition: 1st Edition

Fordham University Press

Mutant Neoliberalism

Market Rule and Political Rupture

This interdisciplinary collection, featuring some of today’s most prominent political theorists, sociologists, philosophers, and historians, challenges narratives of neoliberalism’s demise. The book queries whether contemporary political ruptures—including the rise of far-right forces—will challenge, support, or extend the reach of market rule around the globe.
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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

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

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.

Neoliberalism has frequently been pronounced dead in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but the beast lives on. This collection is a strong addition to recent studies of the topic, exploring neoliberalism’s relationships with the EU, the far right, populism, and gender.

Doug Henwood, Producer of Behind the News

This is the book we need today. The authors refuse to debate about what liberalism ‘is’ and instead take us into the thicket of its fracturing and multiple futures in the wake of the great financial crisis.

Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University