Since the 1980s globalization has taken on increasingly neoliberalizing
forms in the form of commoditization of objects, resources, or even human bodies,
their reduction to financial values, and their enclosure or other forms of dispossession.
“After dispossession” provides ethnographic accounts of the diverse
ways to deal with dispossessions by attempts at repossessing values in connection
to what has been lost in neoliberal assemblages of people and resources and thus
how material loss might be compensated for in terms of subjective experiences of
restoring value beyond the financial. The analytical challenge we pursue is one of
bridging between a political economy concerned with the uneven distribution of
wealth and resources, and the profound changes in identity politics and subject
formation that are connected to these. We therefore argue that any dispossession
may trigger acts of repossession of values beyond the financial realm, and consequently
that suffering, too, entails forms of agency predicated on altered subjectivities.
This move beyond the suffering subject reconnects the study of subjectivities
with the analysis of alienation, disempowerment, and impoverishment through
dispossession and attempts at recapturing value in altered circumstances.
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