1st Edition

Capitalism and Citizenship The Impossible Partnership

By Kathryn Dean Copyright 2003
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Can capitalism and citizenship co-exist? In recent years advocates of the Third Way have championed the idea of public-spirited capitalism as the antidote to the many problems confronting the modern world. This book develops a multi-disciplinary theory of citizenship, exploring the human abilities needed for its practice. It then argues that capitalism impedes the nurturing of these abilities. In advancing these arguments, Kathryn Dean draws on the work of a wide range of thinkers including Freud, Marx, Lacan, Habermas and Castells.

    Part 1: Theoretical Foundations 1. Human Nature: Indeterminate and Indeterminable 2. Capitalism: Culture of Worldlessness Part 2: The Wordly World of the Bourgeois Subject 3. The Wordly World of Bourgeois Subject 4. Parenting and the Consitution of Bougeois Part 3: From Place to Space: the Death of Worldliness 5. The Institution of Commodity Fetishism 6. Abstract labour and the Network Society 7. Abstract Consumption and the Dissolution of the Ego 8. Abstract Knowledge: Disorganized Capitalism and the Vicissitudes of Science Conclusion: Citizenship and the Recovery of Worldliness


    Kathryn Dean is a member of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London