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Identity, Identity Politics, and Neoliberalism

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  • Mary Wrenn

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With the intensification of neoliberalism, it is useful to examine how some individuals might cope with the irrationality of the system. Neoliberalism cloaks the execution of the corporate agenda behind rhetorical manipulation that advocates for limited government. The corollary absence of government involvement on behalf of the citizenry writ large disarms the means of social redress for the individual. Democracy funded and fueled by corporate power thereby disenfranchises the individual, provoking some to search for empo- werment through identity politics. The argument set forth suggests that individ- uals construct, reinforce, or escalate allegiance to identities as a coping me- chanism, some of which manifest in violent identity politics.

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  • Mary Wrenn, 2014. "Identity, Identity Politics, and Neoliberalism," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 61(4), pages 503-515, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:voj:journl:v:61:y:2014:i:4:p:503-515
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    Keywords

    Identity; Identity politics; Neoliberalism; Heterodox economics; Agency;

    JEL classification:

    • B50 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - General
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • N32 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-

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