Six Theories of Neoliberalism

Written by Terry Flew on November 25, 2012

This is the paper that I will be presenting to Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, the Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2012, held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, 26-29 November, 2012. I will be presenting on Thursday 29 November at 9am if anyone wishes to come along.

The abstract is:

This paper takes as its starting point the observation that neoliberalism is a concept that is ‘oft-invoked but ill-defined’ (Mudge 2008: 703). It provides

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Letting Go of Neo-Liberalism (with some help from Michel Foucault)

Written by Terry Flew on November 18, 2010

My presentation at QUT this coming Wednesday (24 November – 12-2pm). All welcome.

Faculty seminar series presented by Professor Terry Flew

Letting Go of Neo-Liberalism (with some help from Michel Foucault)

Professor of Media and Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

12pm-2pm Wednesday 24th November 2010

Z2-315 CI Precinct QUT Kelvin Grove


Neo-liberalism has become one of the boom concepts of our time. From its original reference point as a descriptor of the economics of the “Chicago School” such as

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Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics – Chapter Twelve

Written by Terry Flew on October 24, 2009

• ‘Homo economicus strips the sovereign of power inasmuch as he reveals an essential, fundamental and major incapacity of the sovereign, that is to say, an inability to master the totality of the economic field. The sovereign cannot fail to be blind vis-à-vis the economic domain or field as a whole. The whole set of economic processes cannot fail to elude a would-be central, totalizing, bird’s-eye-view’ (p. 292).

• Possible solutions were : (1) to

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