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Governing Practices

Neoliberalism, Governmentality, and the Ethnographic Imaginary

edited by Michelle Brady & Randy K. Lippert

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
General, Geography, History & Theory, General, Criminology
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Neoliberalism is among the most commonly used concepts in the social sciences. Furthermore, it is one of the most influential factors that have shaped the formation of public policy and politics.


In Governing Practices, Michelle Brady and Randy Lippert bring together prominent scholars in sociology, criminology, anthropology, geography, and policy studies to extend and refine the current conversation about neoliberalism. The collection argues that a new methodological approach to analyzing contemporary policy and political change is needed. United by the common influence of Foucault’s governmentality approach and an ethnographic imaginary, the collection presents original research on a diverse range of case studies including public-private partnerships, the governance of condos, community and state statistics, nanopolitics, philanthropy, education reform, and pay-day lending. These diverse studies add considerable depth to studies on governmentality and neoliberalism through a focus on governmental practices that have not previously been the focus of sustained analysis.

About the authors

Michelle Brady is a research fellow in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland.

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Randy K. Lippert is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at the University of Windsor.

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