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Identity, identity politics, and neoliberalism

Wrenn, Mary

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Mary Wrenn
Senior Lecturer in Economics


With the intensification of neoliberalism, it is useful to examine how some individuals might cope with the irrationality of the system. Neoliberalism cloaks the execution of the corporate agenda behind rhetorical manipulation that advocates for limited government. The corollary absence of government involvement on behalf of the citizenry writ large disarms the means of social redress for the individual. Democracy funded and fueled by corporate power thereby disenfranchises the individual, provoking some to search for empowerment through identity politics. The argument set forth suggests that individuals construct, reinforce, or escalate allegiance to identities as a coping mechanism, some of which manifest in violent identity politics.


Wrenn, M. (2014). Identity, identity politics, and neoliberalism. Panoeconomicus, 61(4), 503-515.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 25, 2019
Journal Panoeconomicus
Print ISSN 1452-595X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 4
Pages 503-515
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here:


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