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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 that circulate narratives about how markets, in alliance with nation-states, promote freedom and bring stability to previously marginalized people. It unpacks text samples which suggest racialized and gendered distribution of abandonment, violence, and death inherent to neoliberalism. Building on these brief moments, it examines whether it is possible to track rhetorical violence within human-interest stories, linking to wider political, economic, cultural, and discursive formations, and to write hints of people, events, labour, to suggest other political imaginaries. Within a violent archive and based on cutting edge research, this text searches for ghostly figures of the living dead - those who are abandoned to decay, neglect, and death - and considers whether rhetorical moments when they briefly appear can be used to conjure futures not yet imagined.


<p>'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</p> <p>'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</p> <p>'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 &quot;affective, compromised, violent archive.&quot;' Elizabeth Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Reading and Composition, Michigan Technological University, USA</p>

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