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Psychological life as enterprise: social practice and the government of neo-liberal interiority

Psychological life as enterprise: social practice and the government of neo-liberal interiority This article theorizes the contemporary government of psychological life as neo-liberal enterprise. By drawing on Foucauldian critical social theory, it argues that the constellations of power identified with the psy-function and neo-liberal governmentality can be read through the problematic of everyday practice. On a theoretical level, this involves a re-examination of the notion of dispositif, to uncover the dynamic, ambivalent and temporal practices by which subjectification takes place. Empirically, this point is illustrated through a reflection of one case of neo-liberal psychological life: life coaching. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of the Human Sciences SAGE

Psychological life as enterprise: social practice and the government of neo-liberal interiority

History of the Human Sciences , Volume 24 (3): 20 – Jul 1, 2011

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2011
ISSN
0952-6951
eISSN
1461-720X
DOI
10.1177/0952695111412877
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Abstract

This article theorizes the contemporary government of psychological life as neo-liberal enterprise. By drawing on Foucauldian critical social theory, it argues that the constellations of power identified with the psy-function and neo-liberal governmentality can be read through the problematic of everyday practice. On a theoretical level, this involves a re-examination of the notion of dispositif, to uncover the dynamic, ambivalent and temporal practices by which subjectification takes place. Empirically, this point is illustrated through a reflection of one case of neo-liberal psychological life: life coaching.

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History of the Human SciencesSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 2011

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