What kind of thing is ‘neoliberalism’? This collection of essays explores a range of answers to this question, arguing that neoliberalism is a complex, but specifiable and analysable phenomenon and examining the different ways it is manifested in contemporary culture.
Free chapter: the free chapter from Neoliberal Culture is ‘Meritocracy as Plutocracy: The Marketising of ‘Equality’ Under Neoliberalism’, an essay by Jo Littler, and is available to download below.
Based on a previous issue of New Formations, in this book contributors argue that possible ways to understand neoliberalism include viewing it as: a discursive formation, an ideology, a governmental programme, a hegemonic project, an assemblage of ideas, techniques and technologies, and what Deleuze and Guattari call an ‘abstract machine’.
Following an introductory essay by Jeremy Gilbert which contextualises the meaning and significance of neoliberalism, the collection considers the genesis, persistence and polyvalency of the concept across a range of cultural sites and discursive genres from political philosophy to pornography, from economics to photographic technology. Chapters examine the intersection of neoliberal ideology and political practice with experiences of race, gender, sexuality and class; with grand politics, technical innovation and hard economics.
This book is essential reading for anyone interesting in the contemporary cultural climate, and the impact of the pervasive concept of neoliberalism on society in the present.