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Title: Senses of the subject : neoliberalism, psychic investments and the capacity to care in finance and accounting
Author: Baker, Darren Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 0037
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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There is a lacuna of research exploring gender from a psychosocial perspective in accounting and finance. This thesis explores the experiences and psycho-discursive dynamics at the subject-level, and how they interconnect with broader neoliberal discourses circulating in the UK. This contributes to our understanding of how economic rationales shape the psychic lives of employees. Firstly, the thesis explores examples of shared frames of understanding that emerge relationally within a phallic economy. Secondly, it considers how these frames and other organisational norms and practices register psychically through states of unknowingness-knowingness, paranoia, anxiety and guilt at work. Finally, the thesis attempts to problematise the assumption that subjects are completely static and complicit in the reproduction of neoliberalism by reflecting on examples of counter-investments, what I term "capacities to care", which can emerge within neoliberalism. Through the theoretical and methodological imbrication of discourse analysis and psychoanalysis, this thesis begins to map the collective constellational investments that subjects can move in and move away from under neoliberalism.
Supervisor: Kelan, Elisabeth Kristina ; Vom Lehn, Dirk ; Preda, Alexandru Codru Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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