Landscapes of Survival: The Politics of Emotions in the Aftermath of Neoliberal Crises
Duran Real, Angela Duran
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Landscapes of Survival is an investigation of the affective life of neoliberalism. It takes the financial crises of 2001 in Argentina and 2008 in Spain to argue that while both events have precipitated circumstances inherent to all economic crises—unemployment, austerity, migration, increased poverty—they have also disclosed that crisis, far from being an extraordinary event, is for most a quotidian experience. In so doing, this work as a whole proposes that attention to the cultural politics of emotions sheds light on the nature of crisis as an ongoing condition under neoliberal governance. This dissertation advances recent cultural analysis of neoliberalism in the field of transatlantic Peninsular and Latin American studies that often lack particular attention to the centrality of politics of emotions in processes of signification and subjectification. Landscapes of Survival begins with an analysis of the documentaries Otro Destino (Argentina, 2003) and En tierra extraÃ±a (Spain, 2015) to explore the feeling of loss that structures the lives of young migrants whose life projects have been overturned by the crises. The project then moves to examine love as a political emotion in the movements for justice and liberation that have opposed the politics of austerity. In this chapter, the focus is on the Movimiento de Trabajadores Desocupados and Empresas Recuperadas por sus Trabajadores (Argentina) and the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (Spain). Landscapes of Survival ends with a discussion of the emergence of precarity as a structure of feeling by reading two post-financial crises novels, El trabajo (AnÃbal Jarkowski, 2007) and La trabajadora (Elvira Navarro, 2014). The dissertation as a whole exposes that attention to the cultural politics of emotions in neoliberal societies is central to understanding not only how power works but also how power is resisted.
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