chapter  11
14 Pages

The political economy of the emotions: individualism, culture and markets, and the administration of the self in education


There can hardly be anyone in the Western world, who, whether they lived through the 60s and 70s or not, is unfamiliar with the image of a young Vietnamese girl running naked towards the camera, her face contorted by pain and shock as her back is burnt by napalm. There can be few of us who do not share a visceral emotional sympathy for her as well as revulsion at such ‘collateral damage’ inflicted in our name.