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Economies of Abandonment

Povinelli, Elizabeth A.

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ISBN 10: 082235084X / ISBN 13: 9780822350842
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2011. Paperback. Examines how alternative social worlds and projects generate new possibilities of life in the context of ordinary and extraordinary acts of neglect and surveillance Num Pages: 256 pages, 1 table, 6 figures. BIC Classification: JHBA; JPFK; KCA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 238 x 166 x 16. Weight in Grams: 378. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780822350842

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Title: Economies of Abandonment

Publisher: Duke University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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In Economies of Abandonment, Elizabeth A. Povinelli explores how late liberal imaginaries of tense, eventfulness, and ethical substance make the global distribution of life and death, hope and harm, and endurance and exhaustion not merely sensible but also just. She presents new ways of conceptualizing formations of power in late liberalism—the shape that liberal governmentality has taken as it has responded to a series of legitimacy crises in the wake of anticolonial and new social movements and, more recently, the “clash of civilizations” after September 11. Based on longstanding ethnographic work in Australia and the United States, as well as critical readings of legal, academic, and activist texts, Povinelli examines how alternative social worlds and projects generate new possibilities of life in the context of ordinary and extraordinary acts of neglect and surveillance. She focuses particularly on social projects that have not yet achieved a concrete existence but persist at the threshold of possible existence. By addressing the question of the endurance, let alone the survival, of alternative forms of life, Povinelli opens new ethical and political questions.

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Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of The Empire of Love: Toward a Theory of Intimacy, Genealogy, and Carnality and The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism, both also published by Duke University Press, as well as Labor’s Lot: The Power, History, and Culture of Aboriginal Action.

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