W033
Anthropology of policies and ideology of capitalism in the EU

Convenors:
Corine Vedrine (National School of Architecture of Lyon/ CMW-CNRS)
Manos Spyridakis (University of Peloponnese)
Chair:
Manos Spyridakis and Corine Vedrine
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
R1A
Start time:
28 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This framework includes the anthropology of post-welfare capitalism as a system and as a discourse producing a myth of prosperity, creating common values and identities with notions of mutuality, diversity, welfare state, ecology and heritage.

Long abstract:

Anthropology of policies and ideology of capitalism in the EU Exploring citizenship, diversity and production of common values in the social, urban and market post-welfare state context In the recent period there has been a critique and a strong concern about the way EU citizens are becoming alienated from an augmented distancing and commercialised policy-making procedure in social and economic terms. It seems that a 'new spirit of capitalism as described by L Boltanski and E Chiapello, developed from the 80s onwards, produces new professional, social and urban effects and practices entailing the creation of new employment forms, new social ethics and new urban practices but also increasing precariousness. The hallmarks of these trends concern flexibility, mobility, network, risk, civil society, new entrepreneurialism and a great deal of competitiveness leading to a debatable social cohesion and creating new divisions among the privileged and the non privileged. In this framework welcomed papers include aspects concerning the following: the analysis on ideology justifying the narratives of the myth of prosperity and of sharing common values and identities, the research towards the notion of welfare state, mutuality, diversity, ecology, authenticity and heritage as political technologies of the capitalistic system of governance, the question of how anthropologists work with capitalism as a system producing marginal life levels and as a discourse creating norms and charter for social actors' consent as well as a new urban order, articulating the notions of capitalism in the urban space.