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The Debt Age

Edited by Jeffrey R Di Leo, Peter Hitchcock, Sophia A McClennen

© 2018 – Routledge

256 pages

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This collection of essays, by some of the most distinguished public intellectuals and cultural critics in America explores various dimensions of what it means live in the age of debt. They ask, what is the debt age? For that matter, what is debt? Is its meaning transhistorical or transcultural? Or is it imbued in ideology and thus historically contingent? What is the relationship between debt and theory? Whose debt is acknowledged and whose is ignored? Who is the paradigmatic subject of debt? How has debt affected contemporary academic culture? Their responses to these and other aspects of debt are sure to become required reading for anyone who wants to understanding what it means to live in The Debt Age.

Table of Contents


Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Peter Hitchcock, and Sophia McClennen, "The Debt Age: An Introduction"

Part 1 Theory and History

1. Sophia McClennen, "The Rights to Debt"

2. Peter Hitchcock, "Kant at the Federal Reserve"

3. Christopher Breu, "Materialism: Debt and Sensuality"

4. Liane Tanguay, "Terror and Debt in the Neoliberal Conjuncture"

Part 2 Living in the Debt Age

5. Jeffrey J. Williams, "The Debt Experience"

6. Jeffrey R. Di Leo, "On ‘Living within Ones Means’ in the Debt Age"

7. Tyler J. Pollard, "Indebted Youth and Neoliberalism"

8. Ken Saltman, "Austerity Politics and the Neoliberal Targeting of the Body in Public Education"

Part 3 Resisting the Debt Age

9. Chris Newfield, "How to Fix the Great Mistake"

10. Chris Arthur, "Debt and Financial Literacy Education: An Ethics for Capital or the Other?"

11. Leigh Claire LaBerge, "Debt in an Expanded Field: On Art, Music, and Complex Financial Instruments"

12. Andrew Ross, "Confronting the Creditor Class"


Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Sophia McClennen, and Peter Hitchcock, "Twelve Theses on the Debt Age."

About the Editors

Jeffrey R. Di Leo, Peter Hitchcock, and Sophia McClennen have worked with each other on a number of projects. For example, Di Leo and McClennen co-edited and co-introduced an issue of the journal symploke on “Violence” and co-authored with Henry Giroux and Kenneth Saltman (who is also contributing an essay to The Debt Age) the book Neoliberalism, Education, Terrorism (Routledge, 2014). And Di Leo and Hitchcock recently co-edited and co-introduced the collection The New Public Intellectual: Politics, Theory, and the Public Sphere (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). Their essays have also appeared alongside each other in numerous journals and edited collections.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General