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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 ...

The Four Functions of the Entrepreneur
The Four Functions of the Entrepreneur

‘You know what anarchists have always believed.’


‘Tell me,’ she said.

‘The urge to destroy is a creative urge.’

‘This is also the landmark of capitalist thought. Enforced destruction. Old industries have to be harshly eliminated. New markets have to be forcibly claimed. Old markets have to be re-exploited. Destroy the past, make the future’.1

It is generally agreed that entrepreneurial activity is economic activity. But not all economic activity is entrepreneurial. An obvious way of defining entrepreneurial activity as opposed to other types of practice is by consulting economics. Of particular relevance to a genealogy of the entrepreneurial self are those economic theories, mostly dating from the first half of the 20th century, that opposed the ...

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