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Genealogies of reflexivity: register formations and the making of affective workers

Del Percio, Alfonso; (2022) Genealogies of reflexivity: register formations and the making of affective workers. International Journal of the Sociology of Language , 2022 (276) pp. 41-67. 10.1515/ijsl-2021-0090. Green open access

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Abstract

How has the ability to express reflexivity, including regulating affect, come to be part of the bundled self that workers are required to be? This paper offers a rigorous genealogical analysis of the multiple histories of knowledge and power that have informed the emergence and shaping of ‘reflexive registers,’ or socially typified ways of speaking and reflecting about oneself that stand for morally marked models of selfhood. It takes as a starting-point programs documented in my ethnography of employability programs in London, UK where workers of all sorts are asked to learn to examine their personalities and to express their feelings. It then draws on original historiographical and ethnographic data that allows documentation of the logics and circumstances informing the emergence and development of reflexivity as a resource for employability. It argues for an interdisciplinary understanding of reflexivity and its communicability that theorises the workers as products of history, capital, and affect.

Type: Article
Title: Genealogies of reflexivity: register formations and the making of affective workers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2021-0090
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2021-0090
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Affect; capitalism; reflexivity; registers; work
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153013
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