Neoliberal lives

Work, politics, nature, and health in the contemporary United States

By Robert Chernomas, Ian Hudson and Mark Hudson

Neoliberal lives


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1021-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2019
  • BIC Category: Politics, Political economy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Capitalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, United States of America, USA, Economics, finance, business & management / Political economy


This book is about the transformation of America that has occurred over the past thirty-five years, as capitalist logic has expanded into previously protected spheres of life. This expansion has had devastating effects on the potential for human development. Looking at how human beings create themselves and their worlds on material foundations of health and the natural environment, through work and politics, the book chronicles how neoliberalism has limited human potential. At a time when neoliberalism's effects are stirring various forms of popular resistance and opposition, this is a manifesto of sorts for the range of processes that need to be confronted if human potential is to be freed from the increasingly cramped quarters to which neoliberalism has confined it.


'A worthwhile and timely book which seeks to offer an analysis of the limits and the limitations of neoliberalism both in terms of those areas of social life that have not been (fully) neoliberalised, and in terms of how neoliberalism can be limited by government policy, social practices, and social action. It contributes greatly to our understanding of neoliberalism, offers new insights, and includes a wealth of contributions across important fields.' -- Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute


List of figures and tables
1 Neoliberalism: a politics for yacht owners
2 Neoliberal work and incomes: nice for some
3 Every last molecule on earth: neoliberalism's "nature"
4 Neoliberal health: US exceptionalism
5 Education: public good or finishing school?
6 Politics: a threadbare democracy
7 President Trump: the end of neoliberalism?
8 Conclusion


Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson are Professors in the Department of Economics at the University of Manitoba

Mark Hudson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba

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