The centralitv of the economic to how lve speak and understand ourselves should not be underestimated, yet the economic has not ahvays been this central, as the previous chapter sho\ved. In the contemporal-).; the economy often articulated via the term market, returns as the neutral way of speaking capitalism. Or even, as Frank (200 1) suggests, the market works to articulate ne\v positions in class struggle. The economy has ahvays played a specific role in all understandings of class, but more recently this has also been accompanied by neo-liberal understandings of governance, in which particular forms of self are deemed to be necessai-): to the functional working of the global economy enhancing the value of the nation. The work of this chapter, then, is to sho\v ho\v class is being refigwed and relvorked, even effaced, through contemporary understandings of, and ways of speaking, the economic. In these articulations, the 'self' is again central and assumed.