Category Archives: Neoliberalism

Our Grim Future: Restored Neoliberalism or Hybrid Neofascism?

With the specter of a New Great Depression hovering over most of the planet, realpolitik perspectives for a radical change of the political economy framework we live in are not exactly encouraging. Western ruling elites will be deploying myriad tactics … Continue reading

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Competition: A Critical History of a Concept

This article expands Michel Foucault’s genealogy of liberalism and neoliberalism by analyzing the concept of competition. It addresses four key liberal conceptions of competition in turn: the idea of competition as a destructive but progressive and thus necessary force (roughly … Continue reading

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The Psychic Life of Neoliberalism: Mapping the Contours of Entrepreneurial Subjectivity

This article adds to contemporary analyses of neoliberalism by shedding light on its psychic life. Writers in the Foucauldian tradition have explored how subjectivities are reconstituted under neoliberalism, showing that the neoliberal self is an entrepreneurial subject. Yet, there has … Continue reading

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The Invisible Hand is an Ideology: Toward a Social Psychology of Neoliberalism

On the one hand, neoliberalism, originally an economic theory, has evolved into a sociopolitical ideology and extended its hegemonic influence to all areas of life, including the production of psychological knowledge in academia and the practice of psychology in various … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Neoliberalism and the Neoliberalism of Psychology

In this article, we approach the relationship between neoliberalism and psychological science from the theoretical perspective of cultural psychology. In the first section, we trace how engagement with neoliberal systems results in characteristic tendencies—including a radical abstraction of self from … Continue reading

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Framing Privatisation: The Dominance of Neoliberal Discourse and the Death of the Public Good

This paper looks at the privatization Bórd Gáis Éireann (BGÉ) in 2014 and the treatment of this issue by the mainstream print media in Ireland. From a contextual perspective, this came in the wake of the global economic recession and … Continue reading

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Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era

What is the impact of three decades of neoliberal narratives and policies on communities and individual lives? What are the sources of social resilience? This book offers a sweeping assessment of the effects of neoliberalism, the dominant feature of our … Continue reading

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Cultural Political Economy and Critical Policy Studies

This article introduces cultural political economy as a distinctive approach in the social sciences, including policy studies. The version presented here combines critical semiotic analysis and critical political economy. It grounds its approach to both in the practical necessities of … Continue reading

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Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education

As colleges and universities become more entrepreneurial in a post-industrial economy, they focus on knowledge less as a public good than as a commodity to be capitalized on in profit-oriented activities. In Academic Capitalism and the New Economy, higher education … Continue reading

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‘Structure Liberates?’: Making Compliant, Consumable Bodies in Neoliberal Schooling

Mossbourne Community Academy, a celebrated highly disciplinarian secondary school, opened in East London in 2004. Operating under the ethos ‘structure liberates’, it actively seeks to culturally transform its largely ethnic minority student body and create ‘a culture of ambition to … Continue reading

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