Nancy Ettlinger


Current CV: Nancy Ettlinger.pdf

Interests: Critical Human Geography, Poststuctural Theory and Epistemology, Governance of Neoliberal Life, Culture and Economy, Systems of Production Consumption and Social In/justice, Critical Health Studies, Segregation, Radical Democracy, Networks

Current Research: As a critical human geographer I ask: how can critiques of our social, political, economic, and cultural environment offer insights into how to produce change? How are people governed and enrolled in a wide range of societal projects (e.g. neoliberalism, segregation, democracy), and what are the prospects for resistance? What is the relation between subjectivity and change? Underscoring these questions is a concern for the relation between individuals and larger-scale phenomena (firms, institutions, societal projects) and an interconnected view of social, political, economic, and cultural processes.
Recently I have directed the general approach indicated above to two quite different projects. One aims at identifying, contextualizing, and explaining a new regime of accumulation that entails new modes of exploitation, notably of digital labor, with links to ‘traditional’ labor markets. The other, situated in critical health studies, aims at identifying, contextualizing, and explaining why and how the system of care of the infirm elderly in the United States is so   devastating; despite the relative dearth of analysis as well as popular press about the issues, my research shows that the problems are far from isolated, and rather, represent an important window into the production of neoliberal life more generally.

Courses Taught:
Geography 2400 - Economic and Social Geography
Geography 4100 - Geographic Inquiry
Geography 5401 - Economies, Space and Society
Geography 5502 - The Neoliberal City
Geography 5601 - Foucault, Power, Governance
Geography 8400 - Issues in Critical Human Geography, graduate seminar

Select Publications:

Forthcoming  Precarity at the nexus of governmentality and sovereignty: entangled fields of power and political subjectivity. In Precarity and the international, ed. R. Vij, Palgrave.

2017 A relational approach to an analytics of resistance: towards a humanity of care for the infirm elderly – a Foucauldian examination of possibilities. Foucault Studies, 23:108-140.

2017 Open innovation and its discontents. Geoforum 80: 61-71.

2016 The governance of crowdsourcing: rationalities of the new exploitation: Environment and Planning A 48: 2182-2180.

2015 Post/neo/liberalism in relational perspective. Political Geography 48: 37-48 (with C. Hartmann).

2014 "The openness paradigm." New Left Review 89: 89-100.

Areas of Expertise
  • Critical Human Geography
  • Poststructural Theory and Epistemology
  • Governance of Neoliberal Life
  • Culture and Economy; The Digital Economy
  • Systems of Production, Consumption and Social In/justice
  • Critical Health Studies
  • Ph.D., 1984 Geography, University of Oklahoma
  • M.A., 1980 Geography, University of Oklahoma
  • B.A., 1977 Anthropology, Hamilton College, Clinton NY

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