Reviewed by: Society for Cultural Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students
Primary Theme: Ethics
Secondary Theme: Exchange
Moving beyond a well-worn critique of neoliberalism, this roundtable explores a post-neoliberal order in which fraud and manipulation are no longer viewed as errant exceptions to an imagined global economic order, but openly provide its grounding teleos. Using insights from ethnographic work in the areas of lending, algorithmic economies, marketing, insurance, and scamming, we rethink the mechanics and meaning of manipulation in the economy. Analyzing emergent modes of economic exploitation in a post-truth political context, panelists will attend to the necessary operational logics and the resulting lived consequences of fraud, corruption, deception, and cruelty in market and labor practices to interrogate what we contend are fundamental ethical and functional qualities of contemporary capitalist economies.