Vampire Capitalism

Fractured Societies and Alternative Futures

  • Paul┬áKennedy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paul Kennedy
    Pages 61-97
  3. Paul Kennedy
    Pages 239-272
  4. Paul Kennedy
    Pages 273-314
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-355

About this book


This book argues that in recent decades an unrestrained vampire-capitalism has emerged, disengaged from the needs of citizens and workers, leading to a deepening of social class, generational, gender, educational and ethnic divisions. The author explores how our cultural obsession with self-realization undermines our capacity for collective action and ability to confront threats such as climate change and the impact of the rapid advance of technology on labour. Drawing on sociology and political economy as well as worldwide case studies, the chapters interrogate how we arrived at these dilemmas and how we might escape them through establishing alternative social economies. 

Vampire Capitalism will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, social theory, globalisation studies, development studies, political economy, geography, politics and social policy. 



modernity poverty climate change technology inequality wealth wages tax economy elite

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul┬áKennedy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55265-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55266-2
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