Neo-liberalism and other political imaginaries

Philosophy and Social Criticism 43 (9):911-931 (2017)

Noelle Claire McAfee
Emory University
This article looks at how various political cultures and imaginaries occlude the public’s deeply democratic political role, especially the currently reigning anti-political culture of neo-liberalism. Even in an era when millions of people the world over take to the streets in protest, dominant political imaginaries position most of the world’s people as largely powerless. What is needed is a radical political imaginary along the lines that Cornelius Castoriadis suggests. This imaginary foregrounds the ways in which all social and political formations are already constituted by human beings’ ability to create new formations in the absence of foundations. But ignorant of this power, people are trapped in imaginaries where it seems that power resides elsewhere, only in halls of state or corporate boardrooms. This article offers an account that identifies where power originates and how it can be reclaimed through a more radical democratic political imaginary. The article proceeds as follows: the first two sec...
Keywords neoliberalism  political imaginaries  Cornelius Castoriadis  Raymond Williams  political theory  radical imaginary
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DOI 10.1177/0191453717713808
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