After dispossession ethnographic approaches to neoliberalization

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Salemink, Oscar and Rasmussen, Mattias Borg. (2016). After dispossession ethnographic approaches to neoliberalization. Focaal. 2016(74), pp. 3 - 12.
AuthorsSalemink, Oscar and Rasmussen, Mattias Borg

Since the 1980s globalization has taken on increasingly neoliberalizing forms in the form of commoditization of objects, resources, or even human bodies, their reduction to financial values, and their enclosure or other forms of dispossession. “After dispossession” provides ethnographic accounts of the diverse ways to deal with dispossessions by attempts at repossessing values in connection to what has been lost in neoliberal assemblages of people and resources and thus how material loss might be compensated for in terms of subjective experiences of restoring value beyond the financial. Th e analytical challenge we pursue is one of bridging between a political economy concerned with the uneven distribution of wealth and resources, and the profound changes in identity politics and subject formation that are connected to these. We therefore argue that any dispossession may trigger acts of repossession of values beyond the financial realm, and consequently that suffering, too, entails forms of agency predicated on altered subjectivities. Th is move beyond the suffering subject reconnects the study of subjectivities with the analysis of alienation, disempowerment, and impoverishment through dispossession and attempts at recapturing value in altered circumstances.

Keywordsdispossession; identity politics; neoliberalization; political economy; subjectivity
Journal citation2016 (74), pp. 3 - 12
PublisherBerghahn Journals, Ltd
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Scopus EID2-s2.0-84970954324
Page range3 - 12
Research GroupInstitute for Religion, Politics, and Society
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