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The Iconoclastic Imagination
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The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11

Ned O'Gorman


The Iconoclastic Imagination offers a new interpretation of neoliberalism by considering it as a social imaginary. Locating the emergence of the neoliberal imaginary in the United States at the conjunction of those catastrophic “where-were-you-when?” events that have punctuated American life every fifteen years or so since the Kennedy Assassination and the rise of free-market economics in social philosophy and public policy, the book argues that the neoliberal imaginary entails a discourse of transcendence that appeals to invisible, unrepresentable orders as the overarching means of organizing ... More

Keywords: neoliberalism, Cold War, iconoclasm, sublimity, catastrophe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226310060
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226310374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ned O'Gorman, author
University of Illinois