By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the most important thought of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt university to focus on the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political economic climate and the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. examining paintings via Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall road, Chari identifies practices in which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics. by way of positioning the topic in uncomfortable or very unlikely destinations of hope, useful orientation, and remark, such practices reveal neoliberal capitalism's inherent tensions and contradictions.
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In my account, both types of critical strategies are crucial. To name neoliberalism as depoliticizing, then, is not to argue that we are somehow in a “postpolitical” condition in neoliberalism. Undoubtedly, forms of politics are alive and well in the contemporary moment. My goal, however, is to displace existing understandings of the political, in order to push beyond the limits that the neoliberal conﬁguration of the economy-politics relation tends to impose. As Dean perceptively argues in her critique of communicative capitalism, we are confronted with a surplus, rather than a surfeit of so-called democratic communication, but the forms of communication we are bound to utilize in the hypertechnologized public sphere have little critical eﬀect.
THE NEOLIBERAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ECONOMICS AND POLITICS Therefore I argue that depoliticization remains a crucial problem in neoliberalism, and I address this issue by exploring the ways in which shifts in the relationship between the state and the economy N EO LI B ER A L SY M P TO M S 27 distinguish neoliberalism from earlier phases of capitalist production. 31 The central point that scholarship on the impact of neoliberalism on the welfare state highlights is the way in which neoliberal policies create an increasingly obscure and unstable relationship between the state and the economy.
In this chapter I argue that an eﬀective analysis of neoliberalism demands an understanding of the ambivalent relationship between the neoliberal state and the economic sphere in contemporary society and of the forms of depoliticization generated by this ambivalence. In subsequent chapters of the book, I will theorize these forms of depoliticization through the concept of reiﬁcation from the critical theory tradition. While I save a systematic analysis of the concept of reiﬁcation for subsequent chapters, in this chapter I draw attention to salient features of neoliberalism that complicate existing frameworks in political theory for understanding the nature of neoliberal domination and the contours of political resistance to those forms of domination.
A Political Economy of the Senses: Neoliberalism, Reification, Critique (New Directions in Critical Theory) by Anita Chari