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Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World

The contemporary era is characterised by protest and anger, with young people caught up in various forms of militant politics, protest parties gaining ever more votes, and even NHS doctors taking to the streets.

In this module, we explore the social consequences of the economic and political transformations that have taken place in recent decades, associated with neoliberalism. We will ask why these changes might be responsible for the global rise in urban unrest and dissatisfaction. Topics include growing inequality and elite power, militant policing, consumerism, anxiety, debt, the destruction of industrial communities, class identity, the marketization of education, and the diminishing spaces of public life.

Through these related topics we will see how neoliberalism as the marketization of everyday life can be understood through sociological attention to the historical processes, which inform contemporary political decisions and protests.

"Anyone interested in social issues like inequality, class and their relation to gender and race would really enjoy studying the modules offered by Warwick Sociology. All of the content is well approached in lecture hours but also in seminar discussion which are well facilitated and help you wrestle with the key debates. Anyone with interests in the wider world outside academia will love the content of all the areas, from theory to research methods, that is bought into it."

- Dan Smitherman, BA Sociology 


Module Directors:

Teodora Todorova and Katy Harsant