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Rhetoric, Politics and Society

Writing Neoliberal Values

Rhetorical Connectivities and Globalized Capitalism

Authors: Riedner, Rachel C.

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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.

About the authors

Rachel Riedner is Associate Professor of Writing and Women's Studies at The George Washington University, USA. Her first book, Democracies to Come: Rhetorical Action, Neoliberalism, and Communities of Resistance, was co-authored with Kevin Mahoney. Other publications include an award-winning essay in JAC, as well as publications in Literacy in Composition Studies and the Minnesota Review.

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'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


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Writing Value in a Neoliberal World: Necropolitics and Affective Rhetoric

    Riedner, Rachel C.

    Pages 1-32

  • Transnational Ghosts: Regimes of Friendship, Neoliberal Abandonment, and Discourses of Mourning

    Riedner, Rachel C.

    Pages 33-56

  • Lives of Infamous Women: Gender, Political Economy, Nation-State Power, and Persuasion in the Neoliberal World

    Riedner, Rachel C.

    Pages 57-79

  • Writing Women’s Capacities in Cape Town’s Urban Gardens: Gendered Survival Practices and Transnational Feminist Literacies

    Riedner, Rachel C.

    Pages 80-98

  • From Spectacle to Crisis of Feeling: Slow Violence, Affective Rhetoric, and the Case of Caster Semenya

    Riedner, Rachel C.

    Pages 99-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Neoliberal Values
Book Subtitle
Rhetorical Connectivities and Globalized Capitalism
Authors
Series Title
Rhetoric, Politics and Society
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54777-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137547774
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54776-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 162
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