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Agency, identity, and the great crisis: A veblenian perspective

Wrenn, Mary


Mary Wrenn
Senior Lecturer in Economics


Within neoliberalism, an individual's agency and identity are fundamentally different than at any other stage in human development. The argument set forth is that within neoliberalism, agency and identity are, respectively, falsified and fluid, which further supports the intensification of the neoliberal project. When studied through the Veblenian lens, the role played by the habituating tools of commodity fetishism, conspicuous consumption, and moral panics become clear, demonstrating that while fundamentally different, neoliberal agency and identity emerge from previously established habits of thought. © 2012, Journal of Economic Issues/Association for Evolutionary Economics.


Wrenn, M. (2012). Agency, identity, and the great crisis: A veblenian perspective. Journal of Economic Issues, 46(2), 403-410.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2012
Online Publication Date Dec 8, 2014
Publication Date Jun 1, 2012
Journal Journal of Economic Issues
Print ISSN 0021-3624
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 2
Pages 403-410
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Economic Issues on 8th December 2014, available online:[Article DOI].


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