By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the major inspiration of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt college to focus on the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political economic climate and the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. interpreting artwork by means of Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall highway, Chari identifies practices by which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics. by way of positioning the topic in uncomfortable or very unlikely destinations of hope, useful orientation, and statement, such practices disclose neoliberal capitalism's inherent tensions and contradictions.
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That relationship, as I will discuss in this chapter, is a ﬂuctuating relationship characterized by a deep ambivalence toward economic issues on the part of the neoliberal state. In this chapter I argue that an eﬀective analysis of neoliberalism demands an understanding of the ambivalent relationship between the neoliberal state and the economic sphere in contemporary society and of the forms of depoliticization generated by this ambivalence. In subsequent chapters of the book, I will theorize these forms of depoliticization through the concept of reiﬁcation from the critical theory tradition.
42 Shifting the boundary between economics and politics and thereby depoliticizing economic policy is a central feature of what I will explore in part 2 under the sign of neoliberal reiﬁcation. For now, suﬃce it to say that if the boundaries between economics and politics are indeed shifting in ways that shore up the state’s role in economic decision making, while simultaneously obscuring that role, then attention to the historically speciﬁc relationship between economics and politics as well as to the content of these categories is crucial to critiquing neoliberal domination.
By contrast, I suggest that contemporary Marxist theories emphasizing the political-economic dimensions of neoliberal domination may pay insuﬃcient attention to the sensate, experiential, and perceptual dimensions of political action that social actors use to transform abstract economic logics into politically actionable form. Therefore, I suggest that synthesizing the approaches of radical democratic theory and contemporary Marxism is crucial to developing a theoretical framework that eﬀectively critiques neoliberal depoliticization and puts forth alternatives to neoliberal political forms.
A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, Reification, Critique (New Directions in Critical Theory) by Anita Chari