Histories of Productivity. Genealogical Perspectives on the Body and Modern Economy

Bänziger, Peter-Paul and Suter, Mischa, eds. (2017) Histories of Productivity. Genealogical Perspectives on the Body and Modern Economy. Routledge studies in modern history, 21. New York.

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Global issues such as climate change and the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis have spurred interest in thinking about the history of the modern economy that goes beyond disciplinary economic history. This book contributes to the cultural history of capitalism and its different regimes of productivity by pursuing the perspective of body history and by providing a global scope. Throughout modernity, the body served as a fundamental, albeit essentially changing, linchpin for both the organization of economic practices and for intellectual reflections on the economy. In particular, it was the pivotal interface to render notions of economic productivity intelligible. The book explores this central thesis in a range of case studies, drawing on source material from West Africa, Europe, Mexico, and the US. Framed by a theoretically informed introduction, which also provides a conceptual history of notions of productivity, and by an afterword that brings the approaches explored in this volume into dialogue with scholarship inspired by Marx and Foucault, the individual chapters tackle the concept of productivity from a wide array of angles, each illuminating the promises and problems of a cultural take on the history of economic productivity.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Geschichte > Bereich Neuere und Neueste Geschichte
UniBasel Contributors:Suter, Michael and Bänziger, Peter-Paul
Item Type:Book
Book Subtype:Edited Book
Number of Pages:201
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Edited book
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