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Title: Harness the society : state, crisis and (big) society
Authors: Harvie, David
Dowling, Emma
First Published: 14-Oct-2014
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Sociology, 2014, 48 (5), pp. 869-886
Abstract: The article analyses the UK government’s plans to create a social investment market. The Big Society as political economy is understood as a response to three aspects of a multi-faceted, global crisis: a crisis of capital accumulation; a crisis of social reproduction; and, a fiscal crisis of the state. While the neoliberal state is retreating from the sphere of social reproduction, further off-loading the costs of social reproduction onto the unwaged realms of the home and the community, it is simultaneously engaging in efforts to enable this terrain of social reproduction to be harnessed for profit. Key to this process are specific government policies, the creation of new financial institutions and instruments and the introduction of the metric of ‘social value’. Policies ostensibly aimed at resolving the crisis in ways that empower local communities actually foster further financialisation and a deepening of capitalist disciplinary logics into the social fabric.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038038514539060
ISSN: 0038-0385
eISSN: 1469-8684
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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