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Walter Benn Michaels

WALTER BENN MICHAELS teaches English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is a member of the editorial board of His most recent books are The Shape of the Signifier (Princeton University Press, 2003) and The Trouble with Diversity (Metropolitan, 2006); his next will be Neoliberal Aesthetics or, The Death of a Beautiful Woman.

The Beauty of a Social Problem

Unemployment is both a problem and a solution. It’s a problem for the unemployed, who want work, a solution for employers who not only want workers but also want the cheapest ones they can get.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2023

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