Community Economies

Ceren Özselçuk

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Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University, 34342 Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey


Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst (2009)
B.A., Boğaziçi University (1996)

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Research Areas:

Economic geography, political economy, psychoanalysis and ideology analysis, political philosophy, economic sociology


Thinking with Marx For a Feminist Postcapitalist Politics

Ceren Özselçuk, Esra Erdem, JK Gibson-Graham

The article discusses the theoretical openings accorded by the recognition of economic difference and contingency within the Marxist tradition, exploring their potential contributions towards imagining and enacting a postcapitalist politics of economic transformation and experimentation.


Gibson-Graham, J.K., E. Erdem, C. Özselçuk (2013). "Thinking with Marx For a Feminist Postcapitalist Politics", R. Jaeggi and D. Loick (Eds.) Marx' Kritik der Gesellschaft. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Enjoyment as an Economic Factor: Reading Marx with Lacan

Ceren Özselçuk, Yahya M. Madra

This paper takes issue with economic discourses that present excessive greed as the central cause of economic crises.  We argue that this focus on greed as the catalyst (when harnessed “appropriately”) or the enemy of social order keeps the public debate from deliberating on the particular modes of enjoyment (jouissance) which both shore up and destabilize the dynamics of production, appropriation, distribution and consumption under capitalism. We produce an analysis of the latest crisis of US capitalism that steers away not only from the theoretical humanist categories like "greed", but also from the residual reproductionism that continues to silently inform certain Lacanian analyses.

Özselçuk, C. and Madra, Y. M. 2010. Enjoyment as an Economic Factor: Reading Marx with Lacan, Subjectivity 3(3),  323–347.