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CUSAS Talk - Dr Felix Stein

When Feb 23, 2017
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Edmund Leach Seminar Room, Social Anthropology Division
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Dr Felix Stein (Cambridge): What makes people work? Being oneself and being a commodity in management consulting

This talk will ask the timeless question "what makes people work?", by applying it to German management consultants. It will argue that for most of them work is closely linked to the constitution of personhood, in that they consider their jobs to be primary sites for self-improvement. This clashes with a second major aspect of corporate personhood, namely that of being a commodity. Consultancy companies try to bridge this split in personhood via a series of "moralistic technologies", which include personality tests and feedback practices. As part of this argument, the talk sheds new light on the established analytic categories of "self" and "commodity".

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