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The entrepreneurial self: fabricating a new type of subject

By: Brockling, Ulrich.
Contributor(s): Black, Steven [Translator].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Sage Publications 2016Description: xx, 234 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9781473902343.Subject(s): Entrepreneurship | Industrial management | Self-actualization - Psychology | IndividualityDDC classification: 338.04 Summary: "This is a book about who we are today, and how we have become who we are. It is about the engineers of the modern soul, the entrepreneurial self. It is essential reading for all those who care about the incessant demands placed on us to become more than we are, to become entrepreneurs of our selves, to maximize and optimize our capacities in ways that align personal identity and political responsibility." - Professor Peter Miller, London School of Economics & Political Science Ulrich Bröckling claims that the imperative to act like an entrepreneur has turned ubiquitous. In Western society, there is a drive to orient your thinking and behavior on the objective of market success which dictates the private and professional spheres. Life is now ruled by competition for power, money, fitness, and youth. The self is driven to constantly improve, change, and adapt to society only capable of producing winners and losers. The Entrepreneurial Self explores the series of juxtapositions within the self, created by this call for entrepreneurship. Whereas it can expose unknown potential, it also leads to over-challenging. It may strengthen self-confidence but it also exacerbates the feeling of powerlessness. It may set free creativity but it also generates unbounded anger. Competition is driven by the promise that only the capable will reap success, but no amount of effort can remove the risk of failure. The individual has no choice but to balance out the contradiction between the hope of rising and the fear of decline. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-entrepreneurial-self/book242746
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Table of contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Genealogy of Subjectification
Chapter 2: Tracing the Contours of the Entrepreneurial Self

Part I : The Rationality of the Entrepreneurial Self
Chapter 3: The Truth about the Market: variants of neo-liberalism
Chapter 4: The Four Functions of the Entrepreneur
Chapter 5: The Contractual World

Part II : Strategies and Programmes
Chapter 6: Creativity
Chapter 7: Empowerment
Chapter 8: Quality
Chapter 9: Projects
Chapter 10 : Conclusion: Lines of flight – the art of being different differently
Bibliography
Author index
Index

"This is a book about who we are today, and how we have become who we are. It is about the engineers of the modern soul, the entrepreneurial self. It is essential reading for all those who care about the incessant demands placed on us to become more than we are, to become entrepreneurs of our selves, to maximize and optimize our capacities in ways that align personal identity and political responsibility."
- Professor Peter Miller, London School of Economics & Political Science
Ulrich Bröckling claims that the imperative to act like an entrepreneur has turned ubiquitous. In Western society, there is a drive to orient your thinking and behavior on the objective of market success which dictates the private and professional spheres. Life is now ruled by competition for power, money, fitness, and youth. The self is driven to constantly improve, change, and adapt to society only capable of producing winners and losers.
The Entrepreneurial Self explores the series of juxtapositions within the self, created by this call for entrepreneurship. Whereas it can expose unknown potential, it also leads to over-challenging. It may strengthen self-confidence but it also exacerbates the feeling of powerlessness. It may set free creativity but it also generates unbounded anger. Competition is driven by the promise that only the capable will reap success, but no amount of effort can remove the risk of failure. The individual has no choice but to balance out the contradiction between the hope of rising and the fear of decline.

https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-entrepreneurial-self/book242746

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