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A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, Reification, Critique

Anita Chari


Anita Chari revives the concept of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt School to spotlight the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming at the level of political economy and at the more sensate, experiential level of subjective transformation. Reading art by Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, as well as the politics of Occupy Wall Street, Chari identifies practices through which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism’s social and political logics, exposing its inherent tensions and contradictions.

Keywords: Reification, neoliberalism, political economy, subjectivity, art, Occupy Wall Street

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231173896
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anita Chari, author
University of Oregon

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