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Sacrificial Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Human Capital, and Austerity Politics

Sacrificial Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Human Capital, and Austerity Politics doi: 10.1111/1467-8675.12166 Sacrificial Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Human Capital, and Austerity Politics Wendy Brown the conduct, ends and valuation of citizens construed Introduction as firms or as members of firms inverts the freedom One crucial signature of neoliberalism is its extension originally promised by neoliberalism. It considers how of what Caliskan and Callon term “economization” — this promise becomes its opposite: a subject governed the conversion of non-economic domains, activities and by extensive normative dicta, vulnerable to life imper- subjects into economic ones — to all spheres of life. ilment and available to legitimate sacrifice. How does However, economization is a broad term and does not this go? specify the shape of the subjects and institutions trans- While neoliberalism overtly aims to emancipate the formed by this extension and conversion. Neoliberal- individual from webs of state regulation and interven- ism construes subjects as market actors everywhere, but tion, it enfolds and binds that same being into every in which roles — Entrepreneur? Investor? Consumer? neoliberalized sphere and institution with which they Worker? Similarly, the economization of society and engage. As it specifies entrepreneurial conduct every- politics could occur through the model of the house- where, it constrains the subject to act http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory Wiley

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2016 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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1351-0487
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1467-8675
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10.1111/1467-8675.12166
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doi: 10.1111/1467-8675.12166 Sacrificial Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Human Capital, and Austerity Politics Wendy Brown the conduct, ends and valuation of citizens construed Introduction as firms or as members of firms inverts the freedom One crucial signature of neoliberalism is its extension originally promised by neoliberalism. It considers how of what Caliskan and Callon term “economization” — this promise becomes its opposite: a subject governed the conversion of non-economic domains, activities and by extensive normative dicta, vulnerable to life imper- subjects into economic ones — to all spheres of life. ilment and available to legitimate sacrifice. How does However, economization is a broad term and does not this go? specify the shape of the subjects and institutions trans- While neoliberalism overtly aims to emancipate the formed by this extension and conversion. Neoliberal- individual from webs of state regulation and interven- ism construes subjects as market actors everywhere, but tion, it enfolds and binds that same being into every in which roles — Entrepreneur? Investor? Consumer? neoliberalized sphere and institution with which they Worker? Similarly, the economization of society and engage. As it specifies entrepreneurial conduct every- politics could occur through the model of the house- where, it constrains the subject to act

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Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic TheoryWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2016

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