This book offers a critical engagement with languages that describe, perpetuate, respond to, and resist economic crises. Unlike many volumes on economic crises that offer economistic explanations of their causes or policy suggestions for their resolution, this collection explores the different types of language used to deal with complex economic phenomena. The chapters in this volume examine a range of connections between language and crises: from the metaphors used historically to describe economic crises, to the languages deployed within periods of crises and economic struggle, to the popular responses thereto (including political manifestations and worker-organized enterprises). Also considered are the implications for democratic participation and gender relations, and the lack of language to express economic experience amongst certain groups.
With essays from seven contributors representing five different countries, this collection has global relevance in a time marked by economic volatility and upheaval, and will serve as a valuable resource for those interested in the politics of language, economic discourse and the epistemological complexities of economic crises.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Economy.
Table of Contents
Christopher Bradd and Sonya Marie Scott
Introduction: Languages of economic crises: narrating, resisting, speaking otherwise
Sonya Marie Scott
1. The metaphors of crises
2. Vultures, debt and desire: the vulture metaphor and Argentina’s sovereign debt crisis
Sonya Marie Scott
3. Confronting Spain’s crises: from the language of the plazas to the rise of Podemos
Jose Luis Carretero Miramar and Christopher Bradd
4. Recuperating and (re)learning the language of autogestión in Argentina’s empresas recuperadas worker cooperatives
5. Making sense of precarity: talking about economic insecurity with millennials in Canada
6. Language, gender and crisis: An interview with Katherine Gibson
Katherine Gibson and Sonya Marie Scott
Sonya Marie Scott teaches in the Department of Social Science at York University, Canada. Her research focuses on economic subjectivity, epistemology, language and economic crises, and the history of economic thought. She is author of Architectures of Economic Subjectivity: The Philosophical Foundations of the Subject in the History of Economic Thought (Routledge, 2013).