Market life is increasingly conducted in the shadow of global events like 9/11, the Sub-Prime crisis and Brexit. Within International political economy (IPE) two broad positions can be discerned: either the event is ‘just an event’, a superficial spectacle in an otherwise straightforward story of power and hierarchy; or the event is large enough to be considered a ‘crisis’.

While sympathetic to such arguments, this book develops a more performative politics of the global event, arguing that the very idea of the event must be placed in question. How is the event constructed? How are market subjects performed in relation to the event? This book argues that emotional and psychological discourses of ‘trauma’ and ‘resilience’ provide an important affective register for understanding how the global event is ‘known’, how it is governed, and how the affective dimensions of market life might be lived. By identifying the contingent rise of these discourses, the author de-stabilises and re-politicises the apparent existential veracity of the global event. The critical possibilities and limits of the affective turn in market life can then be rendered according to classic questions of IPE: who wins, who loses, and how might it be changed?

An important work for advanced scholars and students of international political economy, ‘everyday and cultural political economy’, crisis and resilience, as well as broader debates on globalisation.

chapter |15 pages


Austerity, affect, event

chapter 1|16 pages

Political economy of the global event

Crisis and performance

chapter 2|15 pages

Everyday politics of the global event

Discourse, performance, subject

part |55 pages

Trauma and the global event

chapter 3|17 pages

Trauma and global ethics

Affective politics of the event

chapter 4|17 pages

Trauma and the sub-prime crisis

Governing the financial event?

chapter 5|15 pages

Trauma and the market subject

Performing vulnerability

part |51 pages

Resilience and the global event

chapter 6|16 pages

Resilience and neo-liberalism

The deus ex machina of the future event

chapter 7|14 pages

Resilience and (everyday) finance

Performing adaptability differently

chapter 8|15 pages

Resilience and the market subject

Affective economies of resistance

chapter |2 pages