AAG Tampa, Florida, 8-12 April, 2014
In the wake of the global financial crisis, many signaled a fundamental shift in neoliberal politics. While for some it was ‘dead but dominant’(Smith, 2009), for others it was entering a ‘post’ (Peck et al., 2009) or increasingly “variegated” form (Brenner et al., 2010). The consensus seemed to be that neoliberalism has qualitatively changed from what it was before the crisis. Simultaneously, the resurgence of austerity politics and deeply embedded persistence of neoliberal policy projects indicates a pressing need to come to terms – theoretically and empirically – with the types of neoliberalisms which lie ahead. The hope of this session is to provide a space for a sustained critique of neoliberal practice based on the increasing contradiction between fragmented neoliberal strategies and their original political logics. Critiques of neoliberalism often entail case studies that exhibit instances where further injustice and inequality have resulted from the rollback of government and the rollout of privatization, foreign direct investment, and market-oriented governance. Building on this rich lineage, this session seeks to explore ways for critiquing neoliberalism in its fragmented, variegated, post-crisis state. A durable framework for critiquing neoliberalism would thread together these instances of injustice and inequality using the common strands of the inherent contradictions of capitalism. For example, papers could focus on specific aspects of neoliberal theory: geographies of liberalization, individualism, freedom (Friedman 2002; Peck 2010), decentralization (Hayek 2007), or “homo economicus” (entrepreneur of the self) (Foucault 2008; Read 2009). Realizing that neoliberal practice is not always smoothly rolled out, and is contingent upon the preexisting topography of located spaces and places (cf. Larner 2003), this session can also host papers that examine neoliberal practice(s) in view of their contingent outcomes.
Please send your abstracts to:
Carlo E. Sica (email@example.com) and John Lauermann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- The privatization of governance
- The decentralization of urban/environmental governance
- The historical development of neoliberalization
- Freedom, choice and development
- Accumulation by dispossession
- Entrepreneurialism and homo economicus
- Sustainability and other neoliberal fantasies
Brenner, N., J. Peck and N. Theodore, 2010. Variegated neoliberalization: geographies, modalities, pathways. Global Networks 10, 182-222.
Foucault, M., 2008. The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France 1978-1979 M. Senellart et al., eds., New York: Picador/Palgrave Macmillan.
Friedman, M., 2002. Capitalism and Freedom 3rd ed. R. D. Friedman, ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Hayek, F.A., 2007. The Road to Serfdom 3rd ed. B. Caldwell, ed., Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Larner, W., 2003. Neoliberalism? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21(5), pp.509–512.
Peck, J., N. Theodore and N. Brenner, 2009. Postneoliberalism and its Malcontents. Antipode 41, 94-116.
Peck, J., 2010. Freedom, rebooted; Finding the Chicago School. In Constructions of Neoliberal Reason. New York: Oxford University Press.
Read, J., 2009. A Genealogy of Homo-Economicus: Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity. Foucault Studies, (6), pp.25–36.
Smith, N. 2009. Toxic Capitalism. New Political Economy 14, 407 – 12.
PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University