The Sage Handbook of Neoliberalism


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Sage Publications Ltd
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6.69 X 9.61 X 1.5 inches | 2.94 pounds

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About the Author

Melinda Cooper graduated from the University of Paris VIII in 2001and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the broad areas of social studies of finance, biomedical economies, neoliberalism and new social conservatisms. She has published two books on the political economy of the life sciences - Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (University of Washington Press 2008) and Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy (Duke University Press 2014), cowritten with Catherine Waldby. Her more recent work returns to questions of political theory and political economy and is specifically interested in the alliance between neoliberal and new conservative political currents that crystallized in mid-1970s America. She has recently completed a manuscript Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism, which attempts to explain this alliance and its political manifestations from the Reagan revolution onwards. The book is due to be published in Zone Book¹s Near Futures series in late 2016 or early 2017. She is one of the editors of the Journal of Cultural Economy and (with Martijn Konings) of the Duke University Press book series Transactions: Critical Studies in Finance, Economy and Theory.


This is easily the most comprehensive survey of neoliberalism available, covering the contested meanings of the term, its political and intellectual origins, institutional shape, geographic diffusion, and implications across a wide range of domains. The editors have assembled a formidable set of contributors, including many who themselves played a central role in defining and debating how best to understand neoliberalism. Also welcome in this volume is a recognition of the limits to neoliberalism and the ways in which resistance to it has reshaped the terrain of contemporary capitalism.

--Chris Howell (1/22/2018 12:00:00 AM)

Comprehensive in coverage and elegantly organized, this collection of thoughtful essays probes the history, varieties, political economy and socio-cultural logic of neoliberalism - the signature paradigm of our time. An indispensable resource for researchers and students interested in grasping the dynamics of crisis and change in contemporary capitalism.

--William K. Carroll (1/22/2018 12:00:00 AM)

From the analyses of globalisation in the 1990s onwards, neoliberalism has become a widely studied phenomenon. And yet, its meaning has often been more assumed than closely defined and there has been little agreement on what it actually constitutes. Bringing together scholars from different disciplines and critically engaging with neoliberalism in a range of varied contexts, this Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of, and engagement with, this concept. This is a welcome, state-of-the-art volume, which will become essential reading across the Social Sciences and Humanities for staff and students alike.

--Andreas Bieler (1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM)

Amidst the waves of socio-economic troubles roiling the world, neoliberalism has often been identified as an explanatory cause. Yet dissecting the neoliberal body - along the lines of its historical gestation, behaviour, convulsions, and adaptability - is a very difficult enquiry. Organised around a stellar cast of perceptive writers, this SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism is the go-to volume for understanding these problems. Not only does it shed fresh light on many established topics, but the book pushes the study of neoliberalism into new territory, in the process adding further complexity to the neoliberal condition.

--Matthew Eagleton-Pierce (1/26/2018 12:00:00 AM)