Neoliberalism is easily one of the most powerful concepts to emerge within the social sciences in the last two decades, and the number of scholars who write about this dynamic and unfolding process of socio-spatial transformation is astonishing. Even more surprising though is that there has, until now, not been an attempt to provide a wide-ranging volume that engages with the multiple registers in which neoliberalism has evolved.
The Handbook of Neoliberalism seeks to offer a wide-ranging overview of the phenomenon of neoliberalism by examining a number of ways that it has been theorized, promoted, critiqued, and put into practice in a variety of geographical locations and institutional frameworks. With contributions from over 50 leading
authors working at institutions around the world, the volume’s seven sections provide a systematic overview of neoliberalism’s origins, political implications, social tensions, knowledge productions, spaces, natures and environments, and aftermaths in addressing ongoing and emerging debates.
The volume aims to provide the first comprehensive overview of the field and to advance the established and emergent debates in a field that has grown exponentially over the past two decades, coinciding with the meteoric rise of neoliberalism as a hegemonic ideology, state form, policy and program, and governmentality. It includes a substantive introductory chapter and will serve as an invaluable resource for undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars alike.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Contributors
Introduction: An Introduction to Neoliberalism
Simon Springer, Kean Birch, Julie MacLeavy
Part 1 – Origins
Chapter 1: Historicising the Neoliberal Spirit of Capitalism
Chapter 2: The Ascendency of Chicago Neoliberalism
Edward Nik-Khah and Robert Van Horn
Chapter 3: Neoliberalism and the Transnational Capitalist Class
- William K. Carroll and J.P. Sapinski
Chapter 4: Theorising Neoliberalization
Kim England and Kevin Ward
Chapter 5: Neoliberal Hegemony
Chapter 6: Governmentality at Work in Shaping a Critical Geographical Politics
Chapter 7: Neoliberalism in Question
Phillip O’Neill and Sally Weller
Chapter 8: Neoliberalism, Accomplished and Ongoing
Stephanie L. Mudge
Part 2 – Political Implications
Chapter 9: Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism
Chapter 10: Neoliberalism and Citizenship
Chapter 11: Development and Neoliberalism
Doug Hill, Nave Wald, and Tess Guiney
Chapter 12: Neoliberalism and the End of Democracy
Chapter 13: The Violence of Neoliberalism
Chapter 14: Neoliberalism and the Biopolitical Imagination
Chapter 15: Neoliberalism, Surveillance and Media Convergence
Julie Cupples and Kevin Glynn
Chapter 16: Resilience: A Right-Winger’s Ploy?
Part 3 – Social Tensions
Chapter 17: Race and Neoliberalism
David J. Roberts
Chapter 18: Gender and Neoliberalism: Young Women as Ideal Neoliberal Subjects
Chapter 19: Neoliberalizing Sex, Normativizing Love
Chapter 20: Health and the Embodiment of Neoliberalism: Pathologies of Political-Economy from Climate Change and Austerity to Personal Responsibility
Chapter 21: Neoliberalism and Welfare: The Deepening of a Market-Based Approach to Social Policy in the Age of Austerity
Neoliberalism, labour and trade unionism
Chapter 23: The Commons Against Neoliberalism, the Commons of Neoliberalism, the Commons Beyond Neoliberalism
Chapter 24: Retooling Social Reproduction for Neoliberal Times: The Example of the Social Economy
Part 4 – Knowledge Productions
Chapter 25: Education, Neoliberalism, and Human Capital: Homo Economicus as "Entrepreneur of Himself"
Michael A. Peters
Chapter 26: Pedagogies of Neoliberalism
Sheila L. Macrine
Chapter 27: Financial Economics and Business Schools: Legitimating Corporate Monopoly, Reproducing Neoliberalism?
Chapter 28: Neoliberalism Everywhere: Mobile Neoliberal Policy
Chapter 29: Science, Innovation and Neoliberalism
Chapter 30: Performing Neoliberalism: Practices, Power and Subject Formation
Michael R. Glass
Chapter 31: Neoliberalism as Austerity: The Theory, Practice, and Purpose of Fiscal Restraint Since the 1970s
Chapter 32: The Housing Crisis in Neoliberal Britain: Free Market Think Tanks and the Production of Ignorance
Part 5 – Spaces
Chapter 33: Urban Neoliberalism: Rolling with the Changes in a Globalizing World
Chapter 34: Neoliberalism and Rural Change: Land and Capital Concentration, and the Precariousness of Labour
Chapter 35: The Heartlands of Neoliberalism and the Rise of the Austerity State
Chapter 36: Peripheries of Neoliberalism: Impacts, Resistance and Retroliberalism as Reincarnation
Warwick E. Murray and John Overton
Chapter 37: Neoliberal Geopolitics
Susan M. Roberts
Chapter 38: In the Spirit of Whiteness: Neoliberal Re-regulation, and the Simultaneous Opening and Hardening of National Territorial Boundaries
Chapter 39: Housing and Home: Objects and Technologies of Neoliberal Governmentalities
Part 6 – Natures and Environments
Chapter 40: Re-Regulating Socioecologies Under Neoliberalism
Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, and James Rowe
Chapter 41: Neoliberalism's Climate
Chapter 42: Neoliberal Energies: Crisis, Governance and Hegemony
Chapter 43: Neoliberalizing Water
Alex Loftus and Jessica Budds
Chapter 44: The Neoliberalization of Agriculture: Regimes, Resistance, and Resilience
Chapter 45: Making Bodily Commodities: Transformations of Property, Object and Labour in the Neoliberal Bioeconomy
Chapter 46: Rethinking the Extractive/Productive Binary Under Neoliberalism
Sonja Killoran-McKibbin and Anna Zalik
Part 7 – Aftermaths
Chapter 47: The Crisis of Neoliberalism
Gérard Duménil and Dominique Lévy
Chapter 48: Regulated Deregulation
Manuel B. Aalbers
Chapter 49: Neoliberalism Version 3+
James D. Sidaway and Reijer P Hendrikse
Chapter 50: Postneoliberalism
Chapter 51: Neoliberal Gothic
Chapter 52: Everyday Contestations to Neoliberalism: Valuing and Harnessing Alternative Work Practices in a Neoliberal Society
Richard J. White and Colin C. Williams
Chapter 53: Our New Arms
Simon Springer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at University of Victoria, Canada.
Kean Birch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University, Canada.
Julie MacLeavy is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Bristol, UK.
'This extraordinary collection offers a comprehensive review of neoliberalism. It answers all questions you may have about neoliberalization including those you might be afraid to pose. A must read for all those who believe that a different world must be possible.'
Erik Swyngedouw, MAE, Professor of Geography, School of Education, Environment and Development, Manchester University, UK
'Providing a comprehensive introduction to one of the most contentious terms in contemporary social science, this multi-disciplinary handbook draws together established scholars and new contributors. Collectively these authors offer an extraordinarily wide range of debates and perspectives, making this a landmark contribution to the field.'
Wendy Larner, Provost and Professor of Human Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
'This is the most wide-ranging and multi-perspectival overview of neoliberalism available. The book is a true treasure trove where graduate students can find countless ideas for designing original research projects.'
Henk Overbeek, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
"‘Neoliberalism is a slippery concept, meaning different things to different people’ (p. 1). Springer, Birch and MacLeavy’s excellently edited volume starts its mission with this nailing definition. Neoliberalism has become one of the concepts that one cannot avoid mentioning in analysing a recent development in social sciences. It is safe to argue that neoliberalism is now a term that is overly used even in partly overlapping and partly contradictory ways (Ferguson 2010: 166). There is not any easy way of defining what neoliberalism is. Is it a state form, or a policy, or a version of governmentality, or an ideology? Or simply, is it an epistemology? Perhaps, because of this nuisance, no scholar has attempted to provide an overview of this powerful but amorphous concept in a volume that engages with multiple registers in which the concept has evolved. However, as the editors of this volume argue, neoliberalism is in need of unpacking because it serves as a way of understanding the transformation of society with new political, economic and social arrangements that emphasise market relations, re-tasking the role of state, and individual responsibility in the last few decades (p. 2). This volume represents the first attempt that contributes to the existing knowledge with an interdisciplinary and global perspective by advancing the established and emergent debates around the concept."
Gorkem Altinors, Bilecik Seyh Edebali University, Turkey