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Neoliberalism, work and subjectivity: towards a more complex account

Walkerdine, Valerie and Bansel, Peter 2010. Neoliberalism, work and subjectivity: towards a more complex account. In: Wetherell, Margaret and Talpade Mohanty, Chandra eds. The SAGE Handbook of Identities, London: SAGE, pp. 492-507.

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The aim of this chapter is to understand the making of the neoliberal subject in the context of global transformations in the workplace, in the meaning of work, and in the nature of identity projects. These changes are part and parcel of wider social and cultural shifts which have important and profound consequences both for our understanding of subjectivity and the world of work. In this chapter we will review major approaches to subjectivity and identity transformation under neoliberalism and globalization and discuss these in the light of research in two countries: Wales and Australia. Our research allows us to critically reflect upon the efficacy of sociological arguments about the ‘subject’ of neoliberalism and to point to the need for a more nuanced style of analysis which takes time and space seriously. Though understood as a regulatory regime, neoliberalism is not ...

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412934114
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