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Title: EXPO 2015 as a Laboratory for Neoliberalization. Great Exhibitions, Urban Value Dispossession and New Labor Relations
Authors: Leonardi, Emanuele 
Secchi, Michelangelo 
Keywords: human capital; Neoliberalism/neoliberalization; Territorial dispossession; Unpaid labor
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SIBA
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/SFRH/SFRH/BPD/96008/2013/PT 
Serial title, monograph or event: Partecipazione e Conflitto
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Place of publication or event: Salento
Abstract: Great Exhibitions provide analytical lenses whereby capitalist development can be read from material as well as intangible perspectives. Thus, the paper approaches Milan EXPO 2015 through the grid of intelligibility provided by the concept of neoliberalism/neoliberalization, namely as a regulatory experi-ment. EXPO 2015 is first situated against the background of a growing body of literature which interprets mega-events as catalysts of territorial dispossession. Starting from the critical urban theory premise that neoliberalization is necessarily a spatial project, the features of urban space production set in motion by the World Fair are analyzed by paying particular attention to the ways in which social movements framed such transformations and eventually mobilized in reaction to them. Secondly, EXPO 2015 functioned as a laboratory for the implementation of unprecedented labor relations. In particular, the widespread re-course to voluntary or unpaid workforces is in connection with the shift from wage to human capital as the pillar of social mediation between productive subjects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/41768
ISSN: 1972-7623
2035-6609
DOI: 10.1285/i20356609v9i2p567
Rights: openAccess
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