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Mutant NeoliberalismMarket Rule and Political Rupture$
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William Callison and Zachary Manfredi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285716

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285716.001.0001

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Sexing Homo Œconomicus: Finding Masculinity at Work

Sexing Homo Œconomicus: Finding Masculinity at Work

(p.196) Seven Sexing Homo Œconomicus: Finding Masculinity at Work
Mutant Neoliberalism

Leslie Salzinger

Fordham University Press

Homo oeconomicus is the agent at the heart of neoliberalism, whose capacity to make autonomous, rational choices animates the system as a whole. This chapter calls the bluff on his claim to stand in for an unmarked humanity, identifying the ways he operates as a masculine figure. The chapter tracks him through three sites: Foucault’s lectures on neoliberalism; an ethnographic account of a trading desk set at a hub of the global money supply; and the scientific investigation and public discussion of the disruptive role of testosterone in financial markets during the 2008 crisis. In each arena, a distinctive iteration of masculinity emerges as crucial to its functioning. Viewed together these three snapshots illuminate neoliberalism’s fundamentally gendered nature and suggest masculinity’s role in keeping its social structuring out of view.

Keywords:   finance, foreign exchange, Foucault, gender, homo oeconomicus, human capital, masculinity, neoliberalism, subjectivity, testosterone

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