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Reified life : speculative capital and the ahuman condition

Author: J Paul Narkunas
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, ©2018 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Even as the 2008 economic crisis solidified the dominion of neoliberal and financial capital to organize human societies much to the detriment of the world’s populations, important questions remain. Among them, what forms of life are free and what forms are perceived legally and economically as surplus? Which of them, human and otherwise, are most expendable? Reified Life theorizes the dangerous social implications  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Paul Narkunas
ISBN: 9780823280308 0823280306 9780823280315 0823280314
OCLC Number: 1002820741
Description: x, 324 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Humanisms, posthumanisms, and their discontents --
Instrumentalizing Life. Market humans : Homo oeconomicus, entrepreneurs, and neoliberal beings of risk --
Utilitarian humanism : "we other humans" regulated by culture --
The hedge fund of reality : ontology and financial derivatives --
Human Rights and the Political Reformations of the Market Human. Human rights and states of emergency : humanitarians and governmentality --
Translating rights : the international criminal court, translation, and the human status --
Speculative Fictions : Political Aesthetics Adrift in Speculative Capital Flows. Speculative fictions and other cartographies of life --
Between words, numbers, and things : transgenics and other objects of life in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy --
Reification of the human : global organ harvesting and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go --
Conclusion: Ahumans : a guide to nonmarket living.
Other Titles: Speculative capital and the ahuman condition
Responsibility: J. Paul Narkunas.

Abstract:

"Even as the 2008 economic crisis solidified the dominion of neoliberal and financial capital to organize human societies much to the detriment of the world’s populations, important questions remain. Among them, what forms of life are free and what forms are perceived legally and economically as surplus? Which of them, human and otherwise, are most expendable? Reified Life theorizes the dangerous social implications of a future where human agency is secondary to algorithmic processes, digital protocols, speculative financial instruments, and nonhuman market-based technological forces. Employing new readings of Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, Marx, Gramsci and others, J. Paul Narkunas contends that it is premature to speak of a posthuman or inhuman future, or to employ any sort of 'ism,' given how dynamic and contingent human practices and their material figurations can be. Over several chapters he diagnoses the rise of 'market humans,' the instrumentalization of culture to decide the life worth living along utilitarian categories, as well as the varied ways in which discourses of human rights and humanitarianism actually throw members of the species– refugees, for instance – outside the human order. To combat this, Reified Life argues against posthumanist calls to abandon humanism, proposing instead the category of the ahuman. Doing so offers us a way to think alongside the human, and to argue for the value of speculative fiction as a critical mechanism for envisioning alternative futures and freedoms from the domineering forces of speculative capital, whose own fictions have become our realities. To that end, Narkunas provides a novel interpretation of the post-anthropocentric turn in the humanities by linking the diminished centrality of humanism to the waning dominion of nation-states over their populations and the intensification of financial capitalism, which reconfigures politics along economic categories of risk management"--Publisher's website.

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