Investigating a 1.3 Trillion Dollar Question

Sergejs Asilgarajevs, Tringë Berisha, Ben F. Bosse, Bruno J. Flörke, Ida H. Lund-Larsen, Fabian Uth Nielsen & Nikoloz Vachnadze

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the United States of America, student debt is exceeding 1.3 trillion USD. This owes to students taking out federal as well as private loans in order to cover tuition fees. These fees, in turn, have risen to around 35.000 USD for a four year bachelor’s degree, caused by decreased public funding of higher education in accordance with neoliberal policy-making. This paper presents a joint effort to disentangle a complex lying at the very heart of not only economic but human relations: debt. Our interdisciplinary approach challenges the reader to question his*her commonsensical understanding of debt mechanisms and provide a well-rounded analysis of the different economic, historical and societal forces at play. In retracing the origins of the neoliberal ideology, which we see as instrumental to the crisis, and in illuminating hierarchies and power relations the American student is subject to, we arrive at a comprehensive picture of the U.S. student debt crisis.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2016
VejlederePrem Poddar


  • foucault
  • durkheim
  • human capital
  • loan
  • usa
  • political anatomy
  • crisis
  • united states
  • nietzsche
  • primordial debt
  • america
  • graeber
  • homo oekonomicus
  • docile body
  • disciplinary power
  • homo economicus
  • student debt
  • debt