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Title: The maladies of social capital II: resisting neo-liberal conformism
Authors: Law, Alex
Mooney, Gerry
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Neo-liberalism
Working class
Voluntarism
Issue Date: Dec-2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)SAGE Publications, available from DOI: 10.1080/03017600600994679
Citation: Law, A. and Mooney, G. 2006. The maladies of social capital II: resisting neo-liberal conformism. Critique. 34(3): pp. 253-268. Available from DOI: 10.1080/03017600600994679
Abstract: Social capital, we argue, constructs a new political and social conformism with the aim of demobilising working-class organisations and activity. It encourages a fatalistic and conformist notion of social capital by confining voluntarism to safe, de-politicised channels. Hence part of its attraction for New Labour and the New Democrats has been its conservative emphasis on the norms of social integration while neglecting the basis of social disintegration in neo-liberal capitalism. In contrast, we describe a politically active sense of voluntarism, 'recalcitrant voluntarism', based on resistance to neo-liberal imperatives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/545
ISSN: 0261-0183
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