Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2002, page 7-24.
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»It’s my own fault«

Neo-liberal rationalities of government in Human Resource Management

Jesper Tynell

This case study of changing power relations from 1986 to 2000, at the Danish computer company Adore, establishes a connection between the introduction of Human Resource Management and an increasing workload and general self-dissatisfaction among employees. Conceptual tools from the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s analytics of power are applied to dissect a web of visibilities, knowledge procedures and normalizing judgments by which leaders do not determine, but conduct the conduct, being, and wills of the autonomous working subjects. By which it imposes an obligation on the workers to form themselves by means of the selected technologies of the self that the company places at their disposal. A study in how neo-liberal rationalities of government holds the individual responsible for its own happiness by making life a matter of choice and character. A study in the powers of freedom as a means to adjust human accumulation to the accumulation of capital

Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

(Journal for Working Life)




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in Danish frontpage Nyt om arbejdsliv
editor Jørgen Burchardt