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Writing Neoliberal Values: Rhetorical Connectivities and Globalized Capitalism (Rhetoric, Politics and Society)

Rachel C. Riedner

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ISBN 10: 1137547766 / ISBN 13: 9781137547767
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
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Title: Writing Neoliberal Values: Rhetorical ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st ed. 2015.

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This book examines human-interest stories, unpacking from them violence inherent to neoliberalism, and considers if it is possible to find in these stories hints of people and labour that suggest other narratives.


'Rachel Riedner constructs a piercing transnational feminist analysis of contemporary human-interest stories. The book's archive of the unsubstantial reveals the pervasive rhetorical force that draws on affective cultural scripts and is underwritten by a global capitalist political economy. Not only does Riedner brilliantly interrogate the violence of value encoded in the rhetoric of neoliberal inclusion; she offers a rich critical literacy to bring into crisis our most baleful contemporary settlements.' Keith P. Feldman, Assistant Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, USA

'Rachel Riedner's Writing Neoliberal Values carefully places sticks in the grinding gears of late capitalism, searching for and finding the stories, personalities, and attachments that gum up cultural investment in the smooth violence of neoliberal discourse. Don't just read this book. Work with your colleagues, communities, and classrooms to continue writing this book.' Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English, University of Waterloo, Canada, Founding Editor, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and author, Disability Rhetoric

'Through compelling rhetorical re-readings of human-interest stories, Riedner demonstrates the dangers of neoliberal associations of self-responsibility, inclusion, and freedom with economic values of privatization, free markets, and free trade. She very successfully develops protocols of reading what she calls this "affective, compromised, violent archive."' Elizabeth Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Reading and Composition, Michigan Technological University, USA

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