By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the idea that of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt college to focus on the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political economic climate and on the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. analyzing artwork via Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall road, Chari identifies practices during which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics, exposing its inherent tensions and contradictions.
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In what follows I highlight, moreover, the problems that the neoliberal shift in the relationship between economics and politics generates for theory. As I’ve shown, neoliberal depoliticization functions by shifting the boundary between economics and politics, while obfuscating that shift. Yet I would argue that many inﬂuential strands of contemporary political theory are indebted to critical procedures that are insuﬃciently attentive to the shifting boundary 34 N EO LI B ER AL SY M P TO M S between economics and politics that generates neoliberal depoliticization.
Krippner’s research shows how, in practice, neoliberal politicians and elites pursue policies that obscure the state’s role in regulating markets, allowing them to govern the economy at a remove while avoiding political responsibility for economic policies and outcomes. Krippner’s research indicates that neoliberal economic policies speciﬁcally and intentionally obfuscate their status as political. The obfuscation of the political dimensions of supposedly purely economic, technical policies on the part of institutions like the Federal Reserve exempliﬁes the shifting contents of the category of “the political” in light of neoliberalization.
That relationship, as I will discuss in this chapter, is a ﬂuctuating relationship characterized by a deep ambivalence toward economic issues on the part of the neoliberal state. 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.
A political economy of the senses : neoliberalism, reification, critique by Anita Chari