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Poststructuralism, Marxism, and Neoliberalism by Michael A. Peters
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This introduction to the politics of poststructuralism focuses on two interrelated themes: the culture of Western Marxism and contemporary neo-liberal capitalism. One of the book's main arguments is that poststructuralism is not a form of anti-Marxism. Indeed, poststructural philosophers view themselves in some kind of relationship to the legacy of Marx: either they have been Marxist or still view themselves as Marxist. In a post-Marxist era they have invented new ways of reading and writing Marx. The other major argument concerns a critical engagement with neo-liberalism, an ideology that is committed to the revitalization of homo economicus and neo-classical economics. On this model, the social is re-described in terms of the economic. No longer content to analyze and describe economic behaviour in terms of choices involving the allocation of scarce resources, neo-liberalism imperialistically elevates itself to the position of a global social science able to explain all rational conduct, or even simply all behaviour. The book is a deconstruction of neo-liberalism, considered as a world-historical political project aimed at a form of globalization.

Author Biography

Michael A. Peters is professor of education at the University of Glasgow and University of Auckland.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2001
Country of Publication
United States
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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