The Cultural Regulation of Neoliberal Capitalism

  • Mathias NilgesEmail author
Part of the New Comparisons in World Literature book series (NCWL)


If there is a relation between neoliberalism and culture, what exactly is it? Does neoliberalism change what culture is and does? Does culture have anything to do with the development and functioning of neoliberalism itself? How does one term influence or maybe even determine the other? To what end? This chapter argues that cultural criticism often avoids these undoubtedly complicated yet also profoundly important questions while proliferating accounts of ways in which certain aspects of culture or individual artifacts may be said to either be “fully subsumed by” or “radically resist” neoliberalism. By, instead, examining the underlying relation between neoliberalism and culture, we are able to trace the important function that culture assumes in the regulation of capitalism, which directly affects our understanding of what culture is and does in the context of neoliberalism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AntigonishCanada

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