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BEING POSITIVE: EDUCATING FOR LIFE IN COGNITIVE CAPITALISM
BEING POSITIVE: EDUCATING FOR LIFE IN COGNITIVE CAPITALISM

Author(s): James Reveley
Subject(s): Education, Psychology
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: positive psychology; self-technologies; mindfulness; immaterial labor; cognitive capitalism;

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses the complementarity between introducing into schools self-technologies spawned by positive psychology, on the one hand, and cognitive capitalism on the other. The approach taken to sketching out the lines of intersection is suggested by Besley and Peters (2007). Reflexive self-production is central to life under cognitive capitalism. At the same time, positive psychological discourse is seeping into pedagogical practice and encouraging self-work. Self-technologies such as mindfulness meditation are inculcating in schoolchildren an emotionally reflexive stance. As a result, schools are becoming sites where subjects are acclimated to immaterial labor. This labor is cognitive capitalism’s lifeblood.

  • Issue Year: 3/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 172-183
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English