By S. Phelan
Neoliberalism, Media and the Political examines the situation of media and journalism in neoliberal cultures. Emphasizing neoliberalism's prestige as a political ideology that's concurrently opposed to politics, the ebook offers a serious theoretical argument supported by means of empirical illustrations from New Zealand, eire, the united kingdom and the U.S..
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43). 42). What tamed these differences – in other words, what rendered them equivalent – was everyone’s clear identification of a shared antagonist: a social order variously named as Keynesian, collectivist, welfarist, socialist or social democratic. The articulation of a positive neoliberal vision was, from the outset, intertwined with an explicit critique of collectivism, both in its extreme totalitarian form and in the guise of a Keynesian and social democratic consensus. The Keynesian crisis of the 1970s was therefore an event that neoliberals had been anticipating for a very long time (see Chapter 1).
7). Barnett argues Marxist and Foucauldian accounts of neoliberalism have been articulated together in a way that remains lodged in Marxist functionalist assumptions, but in a fashion that now communicates a reassuring sensitivity to difference and the openness of neoliberalism to diverse articulations (p. 7). Maintaining that the different ontological, epistemological and normative assumptions of both theoretical traditions should not be elided, he claims Foucault’s account of governmentality has been mainly “instrumentalized for the purposes of shoring up the holes in the Marxist narrative” (p.
97): …it readily lends itself to a kind of cookie-cutter typification or explanation, a tendency to identify any program with neoliberal elements as essentially neoliberal, and to proceed as if this subsumption of the particular under a more general category provides a sufficient account of its nature or explanation of its existence (pp. 97–98). Articulating Neoliberalism in Critical Media and Communication Studies 27 Scepticism about the critique of neoliberalism is contextualized by a more general turn in social and political theory interrogating the condition of critique.
Neoliberalism, Media and the Political by S. Phelan