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Subjectivity,Work, And Action

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This chapter explains what the psychodynamics of work can contribute to the analysis of the relations between work and subjectivity. The issues underlying such an analysis are twofold: (i) understanding the human consequences of the neo-liberal agenda, and (ii) expanding the conception of action in the political field. The chapter argues that if we want to associate subjectivity with the theory of action, it is necessary to undertake a precise analysis of relations between work and life. In the context of the psychodynamics of work, the analysis of the relationship between subjectivity and work suggests that skilled work involves subjectivity as a whole. The fundamental viewpoint that the psychodynamics of work brings to the conception of action is that an action is only rational if it takes into account the fate of subjectivity in work and at the same time feeds on what arises from subjectivity in every work activity.

Keywords: neo-liberal agenda; pychodynamics; subjectivity; theory of action; work activity



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