Politics of Divination Hardback

Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency

by Joshua Ramey;

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Politics of Divination

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, the neoliberal ideas that arguably caused the damage have been triumphant in presenting themselves as the only possible solution for it. How can we account for the persistence of neoliberal hegemony, in spite of its obviously disastrous effects upon labor, capital, ecology, and society? The argument pursued in this book is that part of the persistence of neoliberalism has to do with the archaic and obscure political theology upon which of much of its discourse trades. This is a political theology of chance that both underwrites and obscures sacrificial devotion to market outcomes. Joshua Ramey structures this political theology around hidden homologies between modern markets, as non-rational randomizing 'meta-information processors', and archaic divination tools, which are used in public acts of tradition-bound attempts to interpret the deliverances of chance. Ramey argues that only by recognizing the persistently sacred character of chance within putatively secularized discourses of risk and randomness can the investments of neoliberal power be exposed at their sacred source, and an alternative political theology be constructed.

Politics of Divination by Joshua Ramey was published by Rowman & Littlefield International in August 2016. The ISBN for Politics of Divination is 9781783485529.

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Details for Politics of Divination

Page last updated 26th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherRowman & Littlefield International (August 2016)
Number of Pages256
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4375446
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