In this timely collection, contributors from a number of disciplines discuss neoliberal visions of success, and the subsequent effects they have on the construction of the lifecycle. Frequently mentioned in popular political discourse, the notion of neoliberalism is often deployed as shorthand for the consensus that austerity is necessary and the hard-working individual can survive it. This volume unpicks and interrogates the term by engaging with the interface between the political ubiquity of neoliberal forms and its lived experience in neoliberal societies, cutting across a multiplicity of factors including gender, age, and access to education. Impressive in its wide scope and analysis, Interrogating the Neoliberal Lifecycle presents an informed discussion not only of the limits of the neoliberal paradigm but also of possible alternatives.
Beverley Clack is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research applies feminist ideas to the philosophy of religion, and considering the uses of politics and psychoanalysis for a contemporary philosophy.
Michele Paule is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Education at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research explores discourses of gender and youth in educational and media contexts, particularly issues relating to girlhood and power.