Introduction: Neoliberalism and Global Cinema: Subjectivities, Publics, and New Forms of Resistance: Jyotsna Kapur and Keith B. Wagner
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Indeed, the process has gone on for over the last four decades as capital has shifted its crisis geographically-from Latin America to Asia to Europe to now hit the metropolitan center, i.e., the U.S. itself-producing a ruling class that is richer than ever before and, by all accounts, appears committed to further privatization and concentration of ownership. Over the last four decades of continued dispossession of social wealth, to use David Harvey’s description of capital accumulation by dismantling the welfare state, capitalist processes have burrowed deeper into the realm of the global and local, reproducing and deepening the enchanted, surreal sense of life that had found expression in the art movements of the early twentieth century, particularly surrealism. Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff note the odd duality that has increasingly become part of the everyday, extending and transforming ordinary lives and institutional discourses at an alarming rate.