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by Susanne Soederberg on October 13, 2015

Furthering the focus on academic trailers, this post features Susanne Soederberg’s Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Distribution and Surplus Population.

The book proposes an original notion to what is called debtfarism to capture new configurations of class-based power that have extended and deepened the privatisation of the commons through monetised relations including the dependence on debt for workers under neoliberalism.


Susanne Soederberg
Susanne Soederberg is a Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada. Dr Soederberg’s research interests are broad and varied, ranging from global development finance, global governance, corporate power, debt, urban poverty, and state theory. She has investigated these themes across many geographical spaces across the global North and global South, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, North America and Europe. Among numerous scholarly publications and special issue editorships, Dr Soederberg has authored several books, including two award-winning monographs, Corporate Power in Contemporary Capitalism (2010) and Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry (2014). Through the generous financial support of the Social Science Humanities Research Council of Canada, Professor Soederberg is currently completing a book monograph on Urban Displacements: Governing Surplus and Survival in Global Capitalism (2019) from which her Wheelwright Lecture extensively draws.

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