Peter A. Hall & Michèle Lamont ask: What is the impact of three decades of neoliberalism on communities and individual lives?

What is the impact of three decades of neoliberalism on communities and individual lives?  What are the sources of social resilience that allowed some groups to sustain their well-being in the face of neoliberal blast waves, while others suffered losses?

Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era is a remarkable book, edited by Peter A. Hall & Michèle Lamont (Harvard University), analyzes the neoliberal ideology in unusually wide-ranging terms as a movement that not only opened markets but also introduced new logics into social life, integrating macro-level analyses of the ways in which neoliberal narratives made their way into international policy regimes with micro-level analyses of the ways in which individuals responded to the challenges of the neoliberal era. The product of ten years of collaboration among a distinguished group of scholars, it integrates institutional and cultural analysis in new ways to understand neoliberalism as a syncretic social process and to explore the sources of social resilience across communities in the developed and developing worlds.

The editors’ insightful introduction makes the key terms, issues, and stakes completely accessible, even for novice readers, leading the way to the contributors’ analyses of diverse policy regimes and their challenges for societies.

 

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