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This chapter discusses the current situation of "polycrisis" as neoliberal capitalism gives way to a period of uncertainty and insecurity. The author pans out to look at the wider crisis of neoliberal capitalism, in which the undermining of the post-war consensus has resulted in widespread inequality and precarity, leading to a deep sense of social disintegration. He uses feminist social theorist Nancy Fraser to argue that the current crisis is not just "economic" but involves the ecological, political, and social systems on which capitalism relies, even as it disavows and undermines them. The chapter looks at how culture is being left out of the new transformative agendas that have emerged in the last decade. Attention is being paid to all those aspects of social life ignored or eroded by the GDP-centric growth models of the last forty years. The systemic failure of capitalism was framed as an internal economic contradiction.

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Culture is not an industry

Reclaiming art and culture for the common good

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