Title, Copyright, Series

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pp. i-iii

Series Page

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p. iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

This volume emerged from a conference held in April 2014 at the Center for International Education at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM). As with previous conferences at the center, our aim was to showcase the work of new and established scholars, in this case by exploring the cultural, political, geographical, and organizational parameters of a world “after capitalism.” We are grateful to everyone who participated in the conference and want to acknowledge the ...

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Introduction

Patrice Petro, Kennan Ferguson

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pp. 1-12

Capitalism has a beginning; must it have an end as well? If so, what comes after? Will capitalism cease and be replaced by another social and economic system? A considerable literature is emerging on the problems endemic to capitalist economies. For many years the presumption remained that capitalism might only need some minor corrections (a safety net for vulnerable citizens or a slightly redistributive tax structure...

Part I. Financialization, Creditocracy, Austerity

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1. Capital, after Capitalism

Geoff Mann

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pp. 15-26

What of capital—after capitalism? What, if anything, might the category describe, and what role might it play in the organization and reproduction of our societies and ways of life? Th ese questions force us to turn directly to the category of capital; they force us to ask ourselves what exactly we mean by capital, to consider how it has been conceived and put to work in the past, and to reflect, if speculatively...

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2. Restoration of the Rentier and the Turn to Lifelong Extraction

Andrew Ross

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pp. 27-42

In the course of the 1980s, the “shareholder revolution” put pressure on corporate managers to focus, exclusively, on maximizing shareholder value. The insurgency was billed as a remedy for a sclerotic corporate culture incapable of responding to the falling profits and restructuring initiatives of the 1970s. But at root the shareholder revolution was an attack on the assumption, widely accepted in the 1950s and 1960s, that corporations were accountable to a wider range...

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3. The Subprime Subject of Ideology

Ivan Ascher

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pp. 43-60

Toward the end of Capital’s first volume (most of which proceeds—however ironically—within the idiom of classical political economy), Marx finally changes register and distances himself explicitly from the bourgeois economists whose work he has been critiquing all along.1 In particular, Marx takes a swipe at those economists who seem to treat the existence of the “free worker” and his confrontation w

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4. Social Democracy and Its Discontents. The Rise of Austerity

Jeffrey Sommers

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pp. 61-86

History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, as Karl Marx noted of France’s two truncated revolutions later usurped by dictatorships. In a third instance of revolution disappointed, we have the collapse of the Soviet bloc, where liberation was followed by the tragedy of austerity policies and accompanying social decay. The revolutions of 1989–1991 that supposedly...

Part II. Media/Art

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5. Austerity Media

Patrice Petro

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pp. 89-105

Scholars across a range of disciplines have discussed and debated the impact of austerity measures on contemporary politics and culture. What I call “austerity media” comprises a central and popular but under recognized aspect of this contemporary economic condition. As Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker point out in their recent collection of essays on gender, media, and recessionary...

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6. Imagining Beyond Capital. Representation and Reality in Science Fiction Film

Sherryl Vint

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pp. 106-121

In Seeds of Time, Fredric Jameson proclaims, “It seems to be easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations.”1 The overwhelmingly dystopian tenor of recent science fiction film reflects this failure of the imagination—from the exuberant slaughter of masses ...

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7. Mistaken Places. Unemployment, Avant-Gardism, and the Auto-da-Fé

Marcus Bullock

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pp. 122-150

It is hard to imagine a realm of knowledge based on measurement and calculation whose predictions are less dependable than those of economics. The discipline distinguishes itself most brilliantly in accounts of what should have been done to avoid catastrophes after they happen. Nonetheless, it would be foolish not to acknowledge its real and indispensable insights. For example, certain ...

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8. Liquid, Crystal, Vaporous. The Natural States of Capitalism

Esther Leslie

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pp. 151-166

Liquid crystals represent a phase of matter that has always existed. They exist in us, in our nerves, in living cells, and elsewhere, but they were found only in 1888 and thoroughly probed from then on.1 Named “liquid crystal” in the first years of the twentieth century, the form appears to be something that emerges into light and history alongside industrial capitalism. Liquid crystal is even more present in our world ...

Part III. Belonging

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9. Cuban Filmmaking and the Postcapitalist Transition

Cristina Venegas

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pp. 169-182

A new era of United States–Cuba relations began on December 17, 2014, when Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro simultaneously announced that the two nations would reinstate diplomatic relations and begin negotiations to expand trade and travel. Despite the importance of this first step, the historic change so far amounts only to a hole in the Caribbean equivalent of the Berlin Wall. We are not yet seeing the end of ...

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10. “Neither Eastern nor Western”. Economic and Cultural Policies in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Niki Akhavan

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pp. 183-195

Emerging from slogans such as “Neither Eastern, nor Western, an Islamic Republic” and “Freedom, Independence, Islamic Republic,” the postrevolutionary Iranian state has spent over three decades attempting to forge a third way distinct from the economies and values of “Western” capitalist nations on the one hand and “Eastern” socialist ones on the other. Whether cited earnestly to motivate supporters...

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11. Differentiating Citizenship

A. Aneesh

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pp. 196-214

Over the course of the twentieth century, the notion of citizenship has become coterminous with “national citizenship”—and for good reason. National citizenship has off ered an unparalleled model of inclusion and equal membership supported by schemes of citizen welfare. Among one of the major institutional accomplishments of national citizenship, as T. H. Marshall noted in his seminal a...

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12. Gaming the System. Imperial Discomfort and the Emergence of Coyote Capitalism

Bernard C. Perley

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pp. 215-238

As my mother, a tribal elder from Tobique First Nation, and I were driving past the Tobique First Nation bingo hall and casino operation at the end of an evening bingo event, we observed all the people leaving the hall. “It looks like there was a good bingo crowd,” I said. “Yes, but most of them are losers,” my mother responded. “Th en, why play?” I asked. “You can’t win if you don’t play,” she quickly replied. Tobique Gaming Center is a modest metal building located at the entrance of Tobique First Nation, New...

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 239-242

Index

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pp. 243-260