Much of the new scholarship on neoliberalism focuses on its reshaping of people as entrepreneurial subjects, as figures of self-interest. Meanwhile the scholarship on populism has focused on the discursive strategies of creating a “people” who can make political demands.
How persuasive are the respective accounts of neoliberal and neopopulist subjectivities? What do we make of the fact that both of these accounts center around the creation of interested subjects?
How do both neoliberalism and the new populisms as political projects produce norms that define certain populations as social threats?