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  • Acknowledgments  vii
    Introduction. Neoliberalism from Below: A Perspective from Latin America  1
    1. Between the Proletarian Microeconomy and the Transnational Network: La Salada  29
    2. Between La Salada and the Workshop: Communitarian Wealth in Dispute  78
    3. Between Servitude and the New Popular Entrepreneurship: The Clandestine Textile Workshop  108
    4. Between the Workshop and the Villa: A Discussion about Neoliberalism  153
    5. Between Postnational Citizenship and the Ghetto: The Motley City  178
    6. Between Populism and the Politics of the Governed: Governmentality and Autonomy  218
    Conclusion. Neoliberal Reason  234
    Notes  237
    References  257
    Index  271
  • "This is a great book and one that we need to understand the neoliberal economy at ground level—and to do so for a wide range of processes, from the very complex to the rather straightforward. Verónica Gago is a master at making visible how sectors we might think only dwell in the rarified heights of finance do actually cross borders and enter the domains of the poor.” — Saskia Sassen

    “Combining a sophisticated ethnographic analysis with philosophical nuance and an original theorization of neoliberalism, Verónica Gago offers a thought provoking and impeccably pursued analysis of the social, economic, and political processes that have shaped Latin America over the last decade.” — Sandro Mezzadra

    “Verónica Gago represents the incredibly exciting voice of Latin American critical thought at its very best, and with this book she emerges as the foremost analyst of popular economic practices. Neoliberalism from Below consecrates Gago as a new cartographer of popular practices, a philosopher of difference and a pioneer of a renewed kind of philosophical anthropology of the economy. Her voice announces with prescient vision the coming of a new Left.” — Arturo Escobar

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    In Neoliberalism from Below—first published in Argentina in 2014—Verónica Gago examines how Latin American neoliberalism is propelled not just from above by international finance, corporations, and government, but also by the activities of migrant workers, vendors, sweatshop workers, and other marginalized groups. Using the massive illegal market La Salada in Buenos Aires as a point of departure, Gago shows how alternative economic practices, such as the sale of counterfeit goods produced in illegal textile factories, resist neoliberalism while simultaneously succumbing to its models of exploitative labor and production. Gago demonstrates how La Salada's economic dynamics mirror those found throughout urban Latin America. In so doing, she provides a new theory of neoliberalism and a nuanced view of the tense mix of calculation and freedom, obedience and resistance, individualism and community, and legality and illegality that fuels the increasingly powerful popular economies of the global South's large cities.

    About The Author(s)

    Verónica Gago is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and Assistant Researcher at the National Council of Research (CONICET). Her work is deeply influenced by active participation in the experience of Colectivo Situaciones.
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