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Economic Citizenship

Neoliberal Paradoxes of Empowerment

Amalia Sa'ar

260 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-179-4 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Published (July 2016)

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“Amalia Sa’ar’s unique new book…contributes to a fuller picture of the construction of neoliberal selves and citizens among women, a picture that is applicable as well, with variation, to men and one that increasingly seems to forestall any alternative visions of what it means to be a modern person and citizen.” · Anthropology Review Database

“This is a unique piece: sophisticated, brilliantly argued, and, most importantly, based on the voices and experiences of real people.” · Charles Lindholm, Boston University

“This is an outstanding example of feminist scholarship that combines wide-ranging knowledge of various bodies of literature, nuanced critical perspectives on policies and projects ostensibly geared toward women’s empowerment, and an empathic approach to the “subjects” of those projects as well as to some of the service providers.” · Valentine M. Moghadam, Northeastern University

“This book wonderfully explores the issues that affect a variety of women in Israel and not just those that social/cultural anthropologists have tended to focus on.” · Virginia R. Dominguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

With the spread of neoliberal projects, responsibility for the welfare of minority and poor citizens has shifted from states to local communities. Businesses, municipalities, grassroots activists, and state functionaries share in projects meant to help vulnerable populations become self-supportive. Ironically, such projects produce odd discursive blends of justice, solidarity, and wellbeing, and place the languages of feminist and minority rights side by side with the language of apolitical consumerism. Using theoretical concepts of economic citizenship and emotional capitalism, Economic Citizenship exposes the paradoxes that are deep within neoliberal interpretations of citizenship and analyzes the unexpected consequences of applying globally circulating notions to concrete local contexts.

Amalia Sa’ar is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Haifa. She has done research on gender politics among the Palestinian citizens of Israel, on the implications of the gender-contract cultural scheme for women’s work strategies and work prospects, on women’s perceptions of peace, war, and security, and on generational relations in Israeli feminism.

Subject: General Anthropology Gender Studies Sociology
Area: Middle East & Israel

LC: HQ1728.5 .S23 2016

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC028000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Women's Studies

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JHBL Sociology: work & labour




Contents

List of Tables
List of Abbreviations

Introduction

PART I: PARADOXES OF THE PURSUIT OF SOLIDARITY AMID POLARIZING SOCIAL INEQUALITIES

Chapter 1. Social Economy, The Quest for Social Justice under Neoliberalism

PART II: WOMEN MAKING SENSE OF THE DEMAND TO MAKE MONEY

Chapter 2. Vulnerabilities
Chapter 3. Empowerments
Chapter 4. Entitlement

PART III: ECONOMIC CITIZENSHIP, BETWEEN THE RIGHT TO WORK TO THE OBLIGATION TO BE PRODUCTIVE

Chapter 5. Discussion, The Emergence of  a Hybrid Local Discourse on Inclusion, Productivity, and Care

Conclusion

References

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