The Politics of Curiosity

Eva-Maria Swidler


Curiosity, a simultaneously intellectual and emotional phenomenon, is surprisingly unstudied, yet pivotal for social critics and activists to understand. While recognizing curiosity as frequently positive and necessary for creating new solidarities and political movements, it also considers the social and political roots and consequences of incuriosity, apathy, and ignorance, including such topics as willful apathy as cultural resistance and self-defense, ignorance as an ethical choice, incuriosity as arrogance, and the generalized anxiety of neoliberal society and the shrinking of curiosity.


curiosity, social criticism, neoliberal culture

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I use the Chicago comprehensive endnote style without references, as is usual in my discipline of history. I will create a reference list and re-do the endnotes in the truncated accompanying style if the article is accepted for publication.



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