Bodily economies

Dick, M.-D. and McLaughlan, R. (2020) Bodily economies. In: Late Capitalist Freud in Literary, Cultural, and Political Theory. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 93-120. ISBN 9783030471934 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-47194-1_4)

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‘Bodily Economies’ asks how we perform as human capital within contemporary capital and conceives the body as an economy within which wider economies, both financial and psychic, intersect. It focuses on the recent trend towards wellness as a post-millennial, secular belief system that revolves around the ritual and rhetoric of self-care, a phenomenon that transfers the vocabulary of corporate finance to conceptions of individual wellbeing. Mapping the movement from a Foucauldian ‘care of the self’ towards a neoliberal, reflexive, self-care, we argue that the body-ego and ego-ideal initiate a trend for an ostensibly holistic approach to the mind-body paradigm of wellness. This chapter analyzes how leisure becomes the site of labor, via a study of late Freudian social thinking as developed through Herbert Marcuse.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:eBook ISBN: 9783030471941.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McLaughlan, Mr Robert and Dick, Dr Maria-Daniella
Authors: Dick, M.-D., and McLaughlan, R.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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