Back to balance: labour therapeutics and the depoliticisation of workplace distress

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/613871
Title:
Back to balance: labour therapeutics and the depoliticisation of workplace distress
Authors:
Davies, James
Abstract:
This article assesses the rise in diverse workplaces of what the author terms “labour therapeutics”—the application of therapeutic ideas and interventions to the understanding and management of employee distress. By way of an inductive narrative analysis of five institutional proponents of labour therapeutics, it concludes that the interventions and understandings labour therapeutics promote, by either individualizing employee distress or reducing it to the micro-arrangements of the workplace, inadvertently depoliticize the problem of work for growing numbers of individuals and organizations in the contemporary work setting. Further research is requested to explicate the confluence between neo-liberal working objectives and the new forms of labour therapeutic governance now in rapid ascent. This article is published as part of a collection entitled ‘On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing’.
Affiliation:
University of Roehampton
Citation:
Back to balance: labour therapeutics and the depoliticisation of workplace distress. Palgrave Communications 2, Article number: 16027 (2016) ​doi:10.1057/palcomms.2016.27
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Journal:
Palgrave Communications
Issue Date:
14-Jun-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/613871
DOI:
10.1057/palcomms.2016.27
Additional Links:
http://www.palgrave-journals.com/articles/palcomms201627
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Accepted Date: 05/05/2016; Version: Publisher Manuscript/ Final; Exceptions: Published Gold OA, made available here in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
EISSN:
2055-1045
Appears in Collections:
Department of Psychology Collection

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dc.identifier.citationBack to balance: labour therapeutics and the depoliticisation of workplace distress. Palgrave Communications 2, Article number: 16027 (2016) ​doi:10.1057/palcomms.2016.27en
dc.identifier.doi10.1057/palcomms.2016.27en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/613871en
dc.descriptionAccepted Date: 05/05/2016; Version: Publisher Manuscript/ Final; Exceptions: Published Gold OA, made available here in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.en
dc.description.abstractThis article assesses the rise in diverse workplaces of what the author terms “labour therapeutics”—the application of therapeutic ideas and interventions to the understanding and management of employee distress. By way of an inductive narrative analysis of five institutional proponents of labour therapeutics, it concludes that the interventions and understandings labour therapeutics promote, by either individualizing employee distress or reducing it to the micro-arrangements of the workplace, inadvertently depoliticize the problem of work for growing numbers of individuals and organizations in the contemporary work setting. Further research is requested to explicate the confluence between neo-liberal working objectives and the new forms of labour therapeutic governance now in rapid ascent. This article is published as part of a collection entitled ‘On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing’.en
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