While many discussions of the economic crisis of 2007-2008 have sought to explain the causes of the financial collapse, this volume looks to supplement these accounts by exploring possible alternatives for the post-crisis world in which we now live. However, rather than offering a strictly economic approach, Cultural Studies and Finance Capitalism argues that the crisis was as much cultural as economic, and that any way forward must understand the complex relationship between media, culture and the economy. The chapters in this volume deal with a wide range of themes including celebrity culture, media coverage of the economy, examinations of economic theory and financial markets. They bring together research that combines an historical perspective with a view towards the future of critical cultural and political analysis. In a period marked by anxiety and economic austerity, this volume offers the reader tools for understanding the place and importance of cultural research in the post-crisis era.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
1. The Economic Crisis and After: Recovery, Reconstruction and The Promise of Cultural Studies Mark Hayward 2. Modernity & Commensuration: A Reading of the contemporary (economic) crisis Lawrence Grossberg 3. The Lost Histories of American Economic Rights Jayson Harsin 4. Spirits in the Night: Reasonableness and the Etho-Politics of Securities Law Darrin Hicks and Mathew Dunn 5. After Neo-liberalism? Markets, states and the reinvention of public welfare John Clarke 6. Celebrity and Schadenfreude: the cultural economy of fame in freefall Jo Littler and Steven Cross 7. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly–Economies of Parable Randy Martin 8. Unfinished Business: labour, management, and the creative industries Stefano Harney 9. Afterword: After Austerity? Mark Hayward
Mark Hayward is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Communications at the American University of Paris, France. His research focuses on television, cultural policy and representations of the economy in popular culture. He has published essays on Modern Italy and Cultural Studies as well as translating several texts from Italian and French.