What is neoliberalism?


Some thoughts on neoliberalism by Jeremy Crampton, quoting Robin James, via New APPS. Also a call for an interesting session at the next AAG.

Originally posted on Open Geography:

robinjames (@doctaj) on neoliberalism:

I want to hone in on one tiny aspect of neoliberalism’s epistemology. As Foucault explains in Birth of Biopolitics, “the essential epistemological transformation of these neoliberal analyses is their claim to change what constituted in fact the object, or domain of objects, the general field of reference of economic analysis” (222). This “field of reference” is whatever phenomena we observe to measure and model “the market.” Instead of analyzing the means of production, making them the object of economic analysis, neoliberalism analyzes the choices capitalists make: “it adopts the task of analyzing a form of human behavior and the internal rationality of this human behavior” (223; emphasis mine). (The important missing assumption here is that for neoliberals, we’re all capitalists, entrepreneurs of ourself, owners of the human capital that resides in our bodies, our social status, etc.) [3] Economic analysis, neoliberalism’s epistemontological foundation, is the attribution…

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Guattari, Felix 2012 Schizoanalytic Cartographies, reviewed by Thomas Jellis


Thomas Jellis reviews Felix Guattari’s book Schizoanalytic cartographies at the Society and Space open site.

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

Cartographes schizoanalytiquesThomas Jellis reviews Felix Guattari’s book Schizoanalytic cartographies, Bloomsbury, London, 2012,

Schizoanalytic Cartographies is an ambitious and thought-provoking book that provides a detailed exposition of Guattari’s version of schizoanalysis, a form of analysis that he extracts from the debris of a reductionist psychoanalysis. As part of this approach, Guattari looks to “minimize the use of notions like those of subjectivity, consciousness, significance … as transcendental entities that are impermeable to concrete situations” (page 23) and instead provides an array of terms which he offers as instruments for a speculative cartography.

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Peter Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life reviewed by Eduardo Mendieta

Sloterdijk-YouMustChangeYourLife3Peter Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life reviewed by Eduardo Mendieta at NDPR.

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Robert T. Tally Jr. – Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism

Untitled-2Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism by Robert Tally, newly published in the Marxism and Culture Series at Pluto Press:

Fredric Jameson is the most important Marxist critic in the world today. While consistently operating at the cutting edge of literary and cultural studies, Jameson has remained committed to seemingly old-fashioned philosophical discourses, most notably dialectical criticism and utopian thought.  In Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism, Robert Tally surveys Jameson’s entire oeuvre, from his early studies of Sartre and formal criticism through his engagements with postmodernism and globalisation to his recent readings of Hegel, Marx and the valences of the dialectic.  The book is both a comprehensive critical guide to Jameson’s theoretical project and itself a convincing argument for the power of dialectical criticism to understand the world today.

“One doesn’t endorse one’s self, but I can say that Tally’s thorough and insightful review of my work will make it possible for readers to connect up parts they may have missed and to grasp the coherence of a long list of books and essays which might at first seem to wander across a variety of very different topics and interests. I’m most grateful to have available such a useful introduction to that work.”

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New book reviews – migration, protest, enclosure, economies, and frontiers


Five new book reviews on the Antipode Foundation site.

Originally posted on AntipodeFoundation.org:

For July we’ve added five new book reviews to our open access repository

Andrew Burridge (University of Exeter) on Olivier Clochard and Migreurop’s Atlas of Migration in Europe: A Critical Geography of Migration Policies;

Andrew Davies (University of Liverpool) on Anna Feigenbaum, Fabian Frenzel and Patrick McCurdy’s Protest Camps;

Derek Hall (Wilfrid Laurier University) on Peter Linebaugh’s Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance;

Ethan Miller (University of Western Sydney) on Vishwas Satgar’s The Solidarity Economy Alternative: Emerging Theory and Practice; and

Mori Ram (Ben Gurion University) on Asher Kaufman’s Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict.

migreurop bookThere have been a number of essays on AntipodeFoundation.org recently on migration, including Jill Williams’ intervention on the limits to some recent strategies of protest against US immigration policy , ‘The Spatial Paradoxes of “Radical” Activism’, and Sarah Launius reply (see also Olivia Mena’s intervention on borders and

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A brief genealogy of governmentality studies: the Foucault effect and its developments. An interview with Colin Gordon (2013)


A very interesting interview with Colin Gordon on Foucault and governmentality.

Originally posted on Foucault News:

A brief genealogy of governmentality studies: the Foucault effect and its developments. An interview with Colin Gordon by Fabiana Jardim, Educação e Pesquisa, vol.39 no.4 São Paulo Oct./Dec. 2013

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This interview approaches the intellectual context within the areas of philosophy and social sciences, in the 1970s United Kingdom, and also looks back to Colin Gordon’s work as a translator and editor of Michel Foucault’s researches on power and politics into English. Finally, it attempts to assess the developments of this strange notion of governmentality within the English-Speaking intellectual world and its relations to present times. The interview has taken place during Colin Gordon’s visit to Brazil for the “International Seminar Max Weber and Michel Foucault: possible convergences” (May, 2013). It aims to revisit the context in which the governmentality studies have appeared as a specific field of interest and research, in…

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Foucault’s legacy: an interview with Frédéric Gros

FoucaultFoucault’s legacy: an interview with Frédéric Gros at the Verso blog, a translation of an interview originally in Le Monde.

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