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This is a book about who we are today, and how we have become who we are. It is about the engineers of the modern soul, the entrepreneurial self. It is essential reading for all those who care about the incessant demands placed on us to become more than we are, to become entrepreneurs of our selves, to maximise and optimise our capacities in ways that align personal identity and political responsibility. – Professor Peter Miller, London School of Economics & Political Science Ulrich Bröckling claims that the imperative to act like an entrepreneur has turned ubiquitous. In Western society there is a drive to orient your thinking and behaviour on the objective of market success which dictates the private and professional spheres. Life is now ...

Empowerment
Empowerment

You are not responsible for being down, but you are responsible for getting up.1

In 1985, the community psychologist Julian Rappaport wrote that the notion of empowerment has one thing in common with the notion of obscenity: ‘You have trouble defining it but you know it when you see it’.2 A sifting of the literature confirms the difficulty of finding a precise definition. Empowerment is written about from both descriptive and prescriptive perspectives. It is at once a means and an end, a continual process as well as the end result of both personal and social change.3 The term denotes a basic value on which individuals and groups orient practice, as well as a theoretical model for describing transformation on individual, organizational and social ...

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