Domesticating Neo-Liberalism: Spaces of Economic Practice by Alison Stenning, Adrian Smith, Alena Rochovská, Dariusz

By Alison Stenning, Adrian Smith, Alena Rochovská, Dariusz Świątek

According to in-depth examine in Poland and Slovakia, Domesticating Neo-Liberalism addresses how we comprehend the strategies of neo-liberalization in post-socialist towns.

  • Builds upon an enormous quantity of recent learn info
  • Examines how families attempt to maintain their livelihoods at relatively dramatic and hard instances of city transformation
  • Provides an immense contribution to how we theorize the geographies of neo-liberalism
  • Offers a end which informs discussions of social coverage inside of eu Union growth

Chapter One Domesticating Neo?Liberalism and the areas of Post?Socialism (pages 1–32):
Chapter Neo?Liberalism and Post?Socialist variations (pages 33–57):
Chapter 3 Domesticating Economies: assorted financial Practices, families and Social copy (pages 58–80):
Chapter 4 paintings: Employment, Unemployment and the Negotiation of Labour Markets (pages 81–111):
Chapter 5 Housing: Markets, resources and Social replica (pages 112–143):
Chapter Six Land and nutrients: construction, intake and relaxation (pages 144–174):
Chapter Seven Care: relatives, Social Networks and the country (pages 175–218):
Chapter 8 Conclusions (pages 219–237):

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Peck’s (2008: 4) ‘zigzagging prehistories’ of neo-liberalism ‘serve as timely reminders of the contradictory, contingent, and constructed nature of the neoliberal present, its produced and contextually embedded form, and its inescapable impurity’ (emphasis in original). In some ways, this attention to national differentiations in the processes of neo-liberalization echoes debates about the ‘varieties of capitalism’ (Hall & Soskice, 2001; Peck & Theodore, 2007) and the turn to context and particularity is helpful in moving our understandings of neo-liberalism away from that of an undifferentiated, global, hegemonic project.

Crucially, the programme of acts was also approved by the IMF in December 1989, creating a stabilization fund of US$1 billion, additional stand-by credit and subsequent support from the World Bank. As Sachs is keen to note, the plan also enabled him to push Western governments to accept the cancellation of many Polish debts3 (which in 1989 equalled 65% of Polish GDP), without which the potential ‘success’ of shock therapy would have been severely circumscribed. indd 43 5/17/2010 6:23:13 PM 44 DOMESTICATING NEO-LIBERALISM As the details of the plan suggest, Balcerowicz and his team were committed to a neo-liberal understanding of the economy.

However, like the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach, this perspective tends to focus on national differentiations and on institutional sources of variation and fails to deal adequately with the ways in which neo-liberalism is constituted at other scales and in other spaces. indd 36 5/17/2010 6:23:13 PM NEO-LIBERALISM AND POST-SOCIALISM 37 others have drawn on Foucault’s notions of governmentality to understand the importance of the ‘multiple and contradictory aspects of neoliberal spaces, techniques, and subjects’ (Larner, 2003: 509) and to analyse the diverse practices of ‘acting subjects’ (Larner, 2003: 511).

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