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GOMEZ SANCHEZ, Lucía; MARTINEZ MARTINEZ, Luz M.  and  JODAR RICO, Francisco. Psychology, identity and politics in neoliberal government technologies. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2006, vol.18, n.1, pp.7-14. ISSN 1807-0310.

This paper is based on a conception of neoliberalism as a government technology, i.e. neoliberalism is conceived not only as a socioeconomic model but as a network of discourses and practices producing social and identitarian effects. From this perspective, we intend to show firstly the type of subjectivities that shape neoliberal government modalities and secondly the role played by psychological disciplines in such a process. In neoliberal government technologies, personal autonomy is not the antithesis to political power but rather a fundamental element to its exercise. Neoliberalism requires active, self-responsible subjects, basically "entrepreneurs of themselves"; psychological discourses and practices do participate in the production of moral codes which emphasize the responsible autonomy ideal. From this approach, the critical analysis of subjectiveness converges with the critical analysis from psychology.

Keywords : identity; psychology; government technologies; neoliberalism.

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