Economy of dreams: Hope in global capitalism and its critiques

Hirokazu Miyazaki*

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In this article, I respond to Vincent Crapanzano's recent call for attention to the category of hope as a term of social analysis by bringing it into view as a new terrain of commonality and difference across different forms of knowledge. I consider the efforts of participants active in the capitalist market to reorient their knowledge in response to neoliberal reforms side by side with the efforts of academic critics of capitalism to reorient their critique. These efforts to reorient knowledge as a shared method of hope bring to light contrasting views on where such a reorientation might lead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-172
Number of pages26
JournalCultural Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Critique
  • Financial markets
  • Japan
  • Neoliberalism
  • Rationality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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