Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities

Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities


Jonathon Louth and Martin Potter (Editors), Edges of Identity: The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities, 2017, ISBN 978-1-908258-24-3, £18.99

In recent decades neoliberalism has emerged as the ruling economic, political and cultural ideology of our time. Originally construed as an economic philosophy, neoliberalism is better understood today as a broad world view that emphasises free-market policies, deregulation, individualism, self-management and personal resilience at the expense of more collective, social-democratic policies and principles. Neoliberalism is a pervasive ideology that has shaped our lives for more than 40 years, from the wide-ranging organisational structures of our global economy to our most intimate bodily practices.

In this engaging and accessible volume, Jonathon Louth and Martin Potter bring together researchers working in and across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America to elucidate on the manifold ways in which neoliberalism produces our subjectivities. Taking in nations and citizenship, urban transformation, gender, work, (dis)ability, sexual performance and cognitive function, this volume demonstrates the astonishing scope of neoliberalism to inform and delimit our identities on both macro and micro levels of social and personal life. Combining thoughtful theoretical accounts with fascinating fieldwork and spanning areas of inquiry including the UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan, Cambodia, Japan and Australia, Edges of Identity provides a remarkable collection of global perspectives on the impact of neoliberalism in contemporary international contexts.

This tenth volume in the Issues in the Social Sciences series is an absorbing introduction to the practical affects and lived realities of neoliberal ideology that will appeal both to readers encountering neoliberalism for the first time and expert scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities.


The Production of Neoliberal Subjectivities: Constellations of Domination and Resistance
Jonathon Louth (Flinders University) and Martin Potter (James Cook University)

Consuming Environmental Citizenship, or the Production of Neoliberal Green Citizens
Benito Cao (University of Adelaide)

‘Empowered Girls’ in Neoliberal Times:  Malala as the Effect of Heterogeneous Discourses
Shenila Khoja-Moolji (University of Pennsylvania)

Our Borders: Neoliberalism, Identity and Asylum Seeker Policy in Australia, 2001–2013
Ben Revi (University of Adelaide)

“The Way You Make Me Feel”: Shame and the Neoliberal Governance of Disability Welfare Subjectivities in Australia and the UK
Karen Soldatic (Western Sydney University) and Hannah Morgan (Lancaster University)

Subjects or Subjected? The Puzzle of Identity in Neoliberal Times
Tom Brock (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Mark Carrigan (University of Warwick)

Ejaculatory Timing and Masculine Identities: The Politics of Ab/normalising Sexual Performance
Hannah Frith (University of Brighton)

Neoliberal Ideology and Shifting ‘Salarymen Identity’ Under Corporate Restructuring in Japan
Nana Okura Gagné (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Urban Transformations, Work and the Idea of Social Solitude Among Two Generations of Men in Surabaya, East Java
Matteo Carlo Alcano (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Neoliberalising Mostar: Governmentality, Ethno-National Division and Everyday Forms of Resistance
Giulia Carabelli (Max Planck Institute) and Rowan Lubbock (Birkbeck College)

Urban Transformations in Phnom Penh:  Creative Collectives, the White Building and the Production of Space
Jonathon Louth (Flinders University) and Martin Potter (James Cook University)

Exploring the Formation and Reproduction of Neoliberal Subjectivities: A Socio-Cognitive Approach
Rodolfo Leyva (Middlesex University)

Praise for Edges of Identity:

 “Edited volumes can be highly uneven in their quality and focus. This collection is an exception. Louth and Potter have done readers a great service in collating a diverse but focused group of scholars who successfully capture the manifold dimensions of neoliberalism/neoliberalisation across competing times, spaces, and scales. Readers with an interest in the far too all pervasive construction of neoliberal subjectivities should direct their attention to this collection.”
Dr Stuart Shields, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester, UK

"Louth and Potter have curated a remarkably diverse, yet coherent collection of contributions that investigate how markets shape us and the societies we live in. This is a volume for students and scholars alike who want to better understand how neoliberalism is imbricated into our everyday.”
Professor Timothy Doyle, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia

"Edges of Identity is an interesting compilation of differing accounts of the production of neoliberal subjectivities and subjectivity formation. What is particularly pleasing is the variety of contexts through which this is viewed, and the detailed empirical focus, which makes the theoretical discussion accessible and will help readers to understand and explore the complexity of the subject matter."
Dr Sophia Price, Head of Politics and International Relations, Leeds Beckett University, UK

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