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Title: Credit/Debt and Human Capital: Financialized Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity
Authors: Bowsher, J
Keywords: Financialization;Neoliberalism;Subjectivity;Credit;Debt
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: European Journal of Social Theory
Abstract: Adding to contemporary debates about the relationship between financialization and neoliberalism, this article investigates their entanglement at the level of subjectivity. Primarily, the article argues that financialization and neoliberalism converge to produce a new form of subjectivity, post-profit homo Ĺ“conomicus, an always indebted but credit-seeking enterprise. The value of this approach, I demonstrate, is that it provides theoretical tools capable of grasping the differential production of subjectivity across the uneven and unequal striations of contemporary neoliberal society, from precarious workers of the gig economy to financial sector elites. The article examines two figures that have become central to public and academic debates about neoliberalism and financialization, the low-waged, precarious worker and the indebted student, to consider how neoliberal subjectivity is produced and distributed unevenly. It concludes that within these fragmentary socioeconomic positions are different instantiations of always indebted but credit seeking human capital.
ISSN: 1368-4310
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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