Reynaud, Patricia (2007). "Deconstructing neo-liberalism to construct democracy" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.
My presentation will focus on Le nouvel esprit du capitalisme authored by two sociologists, Luc Boltansky and Eve Chiapello.1 Not available in English, this major work deserves to be made accessible to an American academic audience. The authors observe that, as capital is more prosperous than ever, the social fabric of society is rapidly deteriorating. To address the increasing discrepancy, they think that new theoretical tools are needed with which neo-liberalism may be understood better and critiqued with more pertinence