The essays in "Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of
Neoliberalism" pose a series of related questions: How are we to
understand capitalism at the millennium? Is it a singular or
polythetic creature? What are we to make of the culture of
neoliberalism that appears to accompany it, taking on
simultaneously local and translocal forms? To what extent does it
make sense to describe the present juncture in world history as an
"age of revolution," one not unlike 1789-1848 in its transformative
In exploring the material and cultural dimensions of the Age of
Millennial Capitalism, the contributors interrogate the so-called
crisis of the nation-state, how the triumph of the free market
obscures rising tides of violence and cultures of exclusion, and
the growth of new forms of identity politics. The collection also
investigates the tendency of neoliberal capitalism to produce a
world of increasing differences in wealth, environmental
catastrophes, heightened flows of people and value across space and
time, moral panics and social impossibilities, bitter generational
antagonisms and gender conflicts, invisible class distinction, and
"pariah" forms of economic activity. In the process, the volume
opens up an empirically grounded, conceptual discussion about the
world-at-large at a particularly momentous historical time--when
the social sciences and humanities are in danger of ceding
intellectual initiative to the masters of the market and the
In addition to its crossdisciplinary essays, "Millennial Capitalism
and the Culture of Neoliberalism--"originally the third installment
of the journal "Public Culture"'s "Millennial Quartet"--features
several photographic essays. The book will interest
anthropologists, political geographers, economists, sociologists,
and political theorists.
"Contributors. "Scott Bradwell, Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff,
Fernando Coronil, Peter Geschiere, David Harvey, Luiz Paulo Lima,
Caitrin Lynch, Rosalind C. Morris, David G. Nicholls, Francis
Nyamnjoh, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Paul Ryer, Allan Sekula, Irene
Stengs, Michael Storper, Seamus Walsh, Robert P. Weller, Hylton
White, Melissa W. Wright, Jeffrey A. Zimmerman
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