Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution


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6.0 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
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A prize-winning examination of why nation-states wall themselves off despite widespread proclamations of global connectedness.


Political theorist Wendy Brown opens her brilliant and incisive new book, Undoing the Demos, with a clarion call: Western democracy is imperiled. According to Brown, democracy has grown gaunt as a consequence of an ascendant political rationality that, like an ideological autoimmune disorder, has assaulted its very fiber and future...Democracy is the crux of the issue...and by focusing on how it's been diminished Brown has written a book that deserves to be widely read.

--Astra Taylor, Bookforum

In her important new book Undoing the Demos (2015), Wendy Brown draws attention to the ways in which neoliberalism, like original sin, finds a home in the deepest core of our being. For Brown, that core is not the soul but democratic citizenship: our sense of belonging in a common world that we can govern together with others. In the era of neoliberalism, she writes, we are forced to translate ourselves into the inhuman idiom of entrepreneurial competitiveness, rendering our entire lives legible in the ruthless grammar of market competition.

--Boston Review

Brown's book is theoretical yet accessible...essential reading not only for academics but for anyone concerned with our collective political future, and with the defense of democratic politics.

--Pop Matters

Draws important empirical and analytical connections between Foucault's analytical approach to governmentality and a complementary Marxist critique of the material inequality that follows from neoliberal market reforms...[and] shows how such developments are reinforced by widespread acceptance of the concept of human capital.

--Foucault Studies