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On theorising and humanising academic complicity in the neoliberal university

Alex Posecznick

Most academics that I know take it for granted that higher education in capitalist countries has become deeply corporatised over the last thirty years. But as an undergraduate student in the 1990s, dreaming of joining the ranks of the professoriate, the institutional and structural changes that were transforming the university were largely hidden from my view. Looking back, I had no idea how such trends might be impacting the men and women who excited my intellect and set me on an academic path. I did not even think to ask.

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Neoliberal student activism in Brazilian higher education

The case of ‘Students For Liberty Brasil’

Evandro Coggo Cristofoletti and Milena Pavan Serafim

Over the past ten years, neoliberal and conservative activist organisations have been growing in Brazil, shaping the New Right movement in the country. In the Brazilian context, the neoliberal agenda refers to a series of policies that target the

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Democracy, Ethics, and Neoliberalism in Latin America

Juan M. del Nido

in Bolivia. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Wendy Brown's (2015) warning that neoliberalism is a threat to democracy has for decades had a particularly literal resonance in Latin America. Neoliberalism here has become a byword for government

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Heritage Tourism and Neoliberal Pilgrimages

Smita Yadav

This special issue of Journeys revolves around global heritage sites and focuses on the many paradoxes of global pilgrimage in the current neoliberal era. In the case studies presented herein, heritage sites are considered to be sites of social

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Pluralismo territorial, gobernanza neoliberal y resistencia

Juan Carlos Cayo, Ingol Gentes, Pablo Policzer, and Ana Watson

Durante las últimas cuatro décadas, buena parte del desarrollo económico en América Latina ha girado en torno a la industria extractiva bajo un marco regulatorio neoliberal. Este modelo ha provocado protestas e incluso, en algunos casos, procesos

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Neo-liberalism

Dominant but dead

Neil Smith

Some years ago Jürgen Habermas (1991) diagnosed modernism as dominant but dead. Neo- liberalism may still be in its youth, having come to fruition only after the 1970s, but it seems reasonable to conclude that neo-liberalism too is “dominant but dead.” The ferment of new ideas, however much they were simultaneously recycled axia from the earlier liberal tradition, reached its peak in the 1980s.

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Living with/in and without neo-liberalism

John Clarke

This article explores some concerns about the concept of neo-liberalism, suggesting that it has been stretched too far to be productive as a critical analytical tool. Neo-liberalism suffers from promiscuity (hanging out with various theoretical perspectives), omnipresence (treated as a universal or global phenomenon), and omnipotence (identified as the cause of a wide variety of social, political and economic changes). Alternative ways of treating neo-liberalism as more contingent and contested are considered. These emphasize its mobile and flexible character, stressing processes of contextual assemblage, articulation, and translation. The article concludes by wondering whether the concept of neo-liberalism is now so overused that it should be retired.

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Reflections on neo-liberalism in Africa

Peter D. Little

The term “neo-liberalism” increasingly lays claim to an enormous terrain of political, social, economic, and cultural phenomena often so loosely applied and defined that it seems to be lurking almost everywhere. John Clarke’s thickly worded essay is a timely “wake-up” call to those of us (including myself) who often loosely use the term to explain a range of different social and economic changes without careful consideration of the term’s theoretical and empirical implications.

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Thinking about neo-liberalism as if specificity mattered

Donald M. Nonini

It is always a pleasure to read John Clarke’s work because, like the analytical “ordinary language” philosophers of the 1950s to 1970s, such as Wittgenstein and Austin, he pushes all of us who use the concepts he examines to think more rigorously about what we mean by them and by our theoretical assumptions when we use them. The present essay is no exception, and I learned much from it as a tour d’horizon of current thinking about neo-liberalism by social scientists. The observations that John makes about the ways in which current scholars view neo-liberalism as promiscuous, omnipresent, and omnipotent are spot-on.

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Ways of Not-Knowing in Neoliberal Chile

Notes Towards a Dark Anthropology

Diana Espírito Santo, Marjorie Murray, and Paulina Salinas

ineffable cannot be conveyed to others by means of words (2012: 304), which is actually closer to the second example. This second case brings us to an analysis of the paradoxes and silences of neoliberalism itself (see Han 2012 ). Further, the ‘dark’ in