Faculty Book: Jeff Maskovsky

Jeff Maskovsky (co-editor) and Sophie Bjork-James (co-editor)
Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism
(West Virginia University, 2020)

image of book: Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of NeoliberalismAcross the world, politics is lurching to the right, ethnic nationalism is on the rise, and people are furious. Beyond Populism critically examines the new destructive projects of resentment that have surfaced in the political spaces opened by neoliberalism’s failures, particularly since the financial collapse of 2008. It contextualizes the recent history of the Global North — notably Brexit and the Trump election — among wider comparative politics, with chapters on India, Colombia, Eastern Europe, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and other parts of the globe marked by populist insurgencies.

The essays collected here explore how global, regional, national, and local structures of power produce angry politics. They go beyond conventional academic debates about populism to explore the different kinds of anger that shape politics today and to make legible the multiplicity of forces, antagonisms, conflicts, and emergent political forms that mark the present. By examining the politics of anger, Beyond Populism also considers what is needed to transform anger from a reactionary to an emancipatory force.

Maskovsky is an associate professor of anthropology and psychology at Queens College and The Graduate Center.

Bjork-James received her Ph.D. in anthropology from The Graduate Center in 2013.

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Submitted on: FEB 1, 2020

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