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  • Millennial Capitalism: First Thoughts on a Second Coming / John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff

    Millennial Transitions / Irene Stengs, Hylton White, Caitrin Lynch, and Jeffrey A. Zimmermann

    Towards a Critique of Globalcentrism: Speculations on Capitalism’s Nature / Fernando Coronil

    Lived Effects of the Contemporary Economy: Globalization, Inequality, and Consumer Society / Michael Storper

    The Dialectics of Still Life: Murder, Women, and Maquiladoreas / Melissa W. Wright

    Freeway to China (Version 2, for Liverpool) / Allan Sekula

    Capitalism and Autochthony: The Seesaw of Mobility and Belonging / Peter Geschiere and Francis Myamnjoh

    Millennial Coal Face / Luiz Paulo Lima, Scott Bradwell, and Seamus Walsh

    Modernity’s Media and the End of Mediumship? On the Aesthetic Economy of Transparency in Thailand / Rosalind C. Morris

    Living at the Edge: Religion, Capitalism, and the End of the Nation-State in Taiwan / Robert P. Weller

    Millenniums Past, Cuba’s Future? / Paul Ryer

    Consuming Geist: Popontology and the Spirit of Capital in Indigenous Australia / Elizabeth A. Povinelli

    Cosmopolitanism and the Banality of Geographical Evils / David Harvey


  • Jean Comaroff

    Irene Stengs

    Fernando Coronil

    Michael Storper

    Melissa W. Wright

    Allan Sekula

    Peter Geschiere

    Luiz Paulo Lima

    Rosalind C Morris

    Paul Ryer

    Elizabeth A. Povinelli

    David Oscar Harvey

    John L. Comaroff

    Hylton White

    Caitrin Lynch

    Jeffrey A. Zimmermann

    Francis Nyamnjoh

    Scott Bradwell

    Seamus Walsh

  • “In an extrarodinary introduction the editors of this book set out to interrogate the features of capitalism at the millennium, not only its technical but also its messianic and magical manifestations. This makes for an unusual treatment of familiar subjects. . . . [M]ust reading for anyone concerned with transnational processes.”—Saskia Sassen, author of The Global City — N/A

    “The savvy success of ‘postmodernism,’ that cynical sign of the fin de siecle, has prevented us from re-imagining the present and mapping the future. Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism steps into the breach and opens up a new chapter in our understanding of a world of contradictory forces and ambivalent affiliations. When the rapid expansion of free markets sends sovereign states into free fall, and the value of citizenship is measured in the currency of consumption, the time is ripe for a radical rethinking of political passion in the public interest. In a fine double act the Comaroffs, and their gifted contributors, provide us with brilliant ethnographic and ethical accounts of a world-system whose emergent structures are both older and newer than the globalizing jargon of our times.”—Homi K. Bhabha, University of Chicago — N/A

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  • Description

    The essays in Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism pose a series of related questions: How are we to understand capitalism at the millennium? Is it a singular or polythetic creature? What are we to make of the culture of neoliberalism that appears to accompany it, taking on simultaneously local and translocal forms? To what extent does it make sense to describe the present juncture in world history as an “age of revolution,” one not unlike 1789–1848 in its transformative potential?
    In exploring the material and cultural dimensions of the Age of Millennial Capitalism, the contributors interrogate the so-called crisis of the nation-state, how the triumph of the free market obscures rising tides of violence and cultures of exclusion, and the growth of new forms of identity politics. The collection also investigates the tendency of neoliberal capitalism to produce a world of increasing differences in wealth, environmental catastrophes, heightened flows of people and value across space and time, moral panics and social impossibilities, bitter generational antagonisms and gender conflicts, invisible class distinction, and “pariah” forms of economic activity. In the process, the volume opens up an empirically grounded, conceptual discussion about the world-at-large at a particularly momentous historical time—when the social sciences and humanities are in danger of ceding intellectual initiative to the masters of the market and the media.
    In addition to its crossdisciplinary essays, Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism—originally the third installment of the journal Public Culture’s “Millennial Quartet”—features several photographic essays. The book will interest anthropologists, political geographers, economists, sociologists, and political theorists.

    Contributors. Scott Bradwell, Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff, Fernando Coronil, Peter Geschiere, David Harvey, Luiz Paulo Lima, Caitrin Lynch, Rosalind C. Morris, David G. Nicholls, Francis Nyamnjoh, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Paul Ryer, Allan Sekula, Irene Stengs, Michael Storper, Seamus Walsh, Robert P. Weller, Hylton White, Melissa W. Wright, Jeffrey A. Zimmerman

    About The Author(s)

    Jean Comaroff is Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

    John L. Comaroff is Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Anthropology, also at the University of Chicago.

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