A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, by Anita Chari

By Anita Chari

Anita Chari revives the main thought of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt college to highlight the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political economic climate and the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. interpreting paintings by means of Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall highway, Chari identifies practices in which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics. via positioning the topic in uncomfortable or very unlikely destinations of hope, functional orientation, and commentary, such practices divulge neoliberal capitalism's inherent tensions and contradictions.

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For the ordoliberals, “the relation between an economy of competition and a state can no longer be one of the reciprocal delimitation of different domains. . ”56 Where liberalism is committed to the delimitation of two bounded domains of economics and politics, neoliberalism brings an active governmentality to the realm of the market, which in practice elides the boundaries between the spheres of the state and the economy. Foucault’s study is primarily a study of neoliberal discourses of particular German and American neoliberal thinkers from the midtwentieth century, and he analyzes the ideas of key neoliberal thinkers to show that at the discursive level these neoliberal thinkers did not support a laissez-faire state—that is, they were not committed to liberalism as such, but rather were reinventing liberalism as a doctrine that would intervene in the economy, albeit indirectly.

Jürgen Habermas’s The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere is a crucial source for demonstrating the historical specificity of liberal formalism as an emancipatory discourse. 75 Habermas discusses the historical basis of the distinction between the economy and politics in the development of liberal capitalism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and details the rise of the bourgeois public sphere, which arose amid the shift from monarchies to constitutional states in Western Europe in the eighteenth century.

66 Of course, as Boltanski and Chiapello acknowledge, critique restrains the accumulation process only under certain historical conditions. Less optimistically, the capitalist accumulation process may also obfuscate and dismantle the operations of critique. ” According to this scenario, the response to critique leads not to the establishment of more just mechanisms but to a change in the modes of profit 40 N EO LI B ER A L SY M P TO M S creation, such that the world is momentarily disrupted with respect to previous referents, and in a state that is extremely difficult to decipher.

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