Neoliberal Contentions: Diagnosing the Present
Published: January 2023© 2023
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 304 Pages
Illustrations: 1 b&w figure
Dimensions: 6.20 x 9.20
304 Pages, 6.20 x 9.20 x 1.00 in, 1 b&w figure
Since the 1980s, neoliberalism has had a major impact on social life and, in turn, research in the social sciences. Emerging from the crisis of the Keynesian welfare state, neoliberalism describes a social transformation that has impacted relationships between citizens and the state, consumers and the market, and individuals and groups.
Neoliberal Contentions offers original essays that explore neoliberalism in its various guises. It includes chapters on economic policy and restructuring, resource extraction, multiculturalism and equality, migration and citizenship, health reform, housing policy, and 2SLGBTQ communities. Drawing on the work of influential Canadian political economist Janine Brodie, the contributors use Brodie’s scholarship as a springboard for their own distinct analyses of pressing political and social issues.
Acknowledging neoliberalism’s crises, failures, and contradictions, this collection contends with neoliberalism by "diagnosing the present," situating the phenomenon within a broader historical and political-economic context and observing instances in which neoliberal rationality is reinforced as well as resisted.
Lois Harder, Catherine Kellogg, and Steve Patten
1. Turbulent Times: Towards A Conjunctural Analysis of Neoliberalism and the Politics of the Present
2. Neoliberal False Economies and Paradoxes of Social Reproduction
3. Lean on Everything? Lean Management’s Awkward Place in Neoliberalism
4. Present Day Puzzles in Neoliberalism and Problems for Multiculturalism and Equality:
Re-patriating Immigration Policy, A Tale of Two Provinces
5. Challenging Narratives to Neoliberalism in Media Representations of American Health Reform: Lessons from the United States
6. Happiness and Governance: Some Notes on Orthodox and Alternative Approaches
7. Mental Health, Recovery, and Prevention: Re-thinking the Governance of Mental Abnormality in Canada
8. Apologies and Raids: Public Sex, LGBTQ2S Communities, and Neoliberalism in the Detention State
9. Trump, Indigenous Refusal, and the End of Neoliberalism?
10. Situating Noncitizenship: Humanitarian Aid, Self-Reliance Schemes, and Migrant Agency
11. Making Canadians: Citizenship Acquisition and Foreign Adoption
12. Neoliberal Conversations and Contentions
"Neoliberalism – what’s in a word? Neoliberal Contentions unpacks the multiple meanings and implications of this pervasive concept, policy, and lived experience in civil society. The contributions are beautifully varied, addressing the theoretical entanglements of neoliberalism as well as the contradictions in policy and practice. This is a prime example of inspired ‘good thinking’ in a highly engaged, readable, and important collection."Abigail B. Bakan, Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto
"This collection shows us that neoliberalism remains a force to be reckoned with. Framed by political economist Janine Brodie’s distinctive approach, which underlines the importance of historical context and the contradictory aspects of neoliberal governance, Neoliberal Contentions is both a wonderful tribute and an important contribution. I highly recommend it."Wendy Larner, Provost and Professor of Human Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand