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The desire called libidinal economy

Samman, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4721-4877 (2023). The desire called libidinal economy. In: Samman, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4721-4877 & Gammon, E. (Eds.), Clickbait Capitalism: Economies of Desire in the Twenty-First Century. . Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.


The fundamental wager of libidinal economy is that contemporary capitalism can be fruitfully engaged through the lens of desire or ‘libido’. This introductory chapter develops a preliminary account of the relations between libidinal economy and capitalism in three ways. First, it positions libidinal economy at the intersection of economic and psychological thought. Second, it relates the development of libidinal-economic thought to the historical development of capitalism. Third, it emphasises the role of libidinal dynamics in the social reproduction of contemporary capitalism.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: Capitalism; digital technology; financialisation; Fyre Festival; libidinal economy; political economy; psychoanalysis; neoliberalism; social media; subjectivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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