Tina Sikka

Neoliberal capitalism and the limits of individual choice

We tend to about labour as something we engage in physically or mentally and which, both historically and in our contemporary context, is constituted by the capitalist imperative to extract labour for profit. This remains the case even though it is increasingly the growth of finance, supported by the State, that, through a kind of liquid capitalism, has produced a system based on speculation, manipulation, and exploitation. Moreover, it is often forgotten that labour, as a form of praxis and engagement, is also present in other domains of social life – most visibly in the home (site of social reproduction), and, increasingly, as I argue in this article, in the domain of health.

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