Performing the sub-prime crisis : trauma and the financial event
Brassett, James and Clarke, Chris. (2012) Performing the sub-prime crisis : trauma and the financial event. International Political Sociology, Vol.6 (No.1). pp. 4-20. ISSN 1749-5679Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-5687.2012.00148.x
The article provides a critical analysis of the performative effects of invocations of trauma and traumatic imagery during the sub-prime crisis. We develop a pragmatic approach to performativity that foregrounds the ambiguity between the importance of performative utterances, on the one hand, and overlapping performativities that produce subjects capable of “hearing” such utterances, on the other. We argue that a performative effect of the traumatic narrative of the sub-prime crisis was to constitute it as “an event” with traumatic characteristics. Financial subjects came to anticipate the object of financial salvation through intervention to save the banks; and such a view worked to curtail the range of political possibilities that were thinkable. Lines of pragmatic resistance are suggested, which turn the logic of trauma toward broadly progressive ends. In this way, the political dimension of performativity is brought forward: if finance is performative, then this only invites the question of how we might perform it differently.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JC Political theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Political Sociology|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 4-20|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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