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We Are All Very Anxious: Seven Theses on Anxiety, Why It Is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It

The article analyzes the affective structure of neoliberal capitalism, which is characterized by the dominant affect of anxiety. This differentiates neoliberalism from earlier periods, which were dominated by the reactive affects of misery and boredom. Anxiety is theorized as an affect of social mechanisms, with precarity being a notable example. The existing social movement strategies and pedagogical approaches are inadequate in this context, as they are primarily designed to combat earlier forms of reactive affect. The anxiety-induced loss of political power could be surmounted by spreading awareness among the people who live in a precarious position and by creating a “machine” to fight anxiety.


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Issue No. 272 - Culture, a Private Nonprofit Organization
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2018 , volume volume 46 , issue issue 272
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