Edited by Harald Wydra and Bjørn Thomassen
Chapter 13: Post-neoliberalism?
This chapter tests the validity of the paradigm of neoliberalism and the usefulness of political anthropology in studying it. It argues that ‘neoliberalism’, like ‘capitalism’ or ‘the market’, is more a perspective on social relations than an objective description of empirically observable objective phenomena. For political anthropology the issue to decide is perhaps not so much whether or not the world we inhabit today is objectively post-neoliberal (or indeed ever was definitely neoliberal at some point in the recent past), but whether or not we are ‘post’ a time when the advantages inherent in the concept outweigh the risks. Either way, the lack of agreement as to whether we have gone past neoliberalism or not suggests how strongly the trends that that term described continue to shape our appreciation of the world we live in today.
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