chapter  6
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Career as a project of the self and labour process discipline

This chapter draws together recent insights in labour process analysis, which highlight the role of panoptic techniques of disciplinary power, and work which suggests that the project of self-management has become a defining feature of contemporary subjectivity. In particular, it is argued that the discipline operationalised within the discursive and nondiscursive practices of ‘career’ should be treated as an aspect of this contemporary project of self-management. The pursuit of career is seen to have the potential to transform techniques of disciplinary power into adjuncts of these projects of the self. It explores the relationship between the use of techniques of surveillance. These issues are examined through the presentation of case study material on the accountancy labour process.