Sam Binkley is Professor of Sociology at Emerson College, Boston. His research examines the social production of subjectivity, identity and personhood through lifestyle literatures and popular texts. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s notions of biopower and governmentality, but also from a range of critical theorists, he has undertaken studies of self help literature and popular psychology, lifestyle movements of the 1970s, anti-racist and multi-cultural discourses, and the affective, corporeal and emotional cultures of neoliberalism, all with an eye toward the fashioning of subjectivity in these contexts. He has authored two research monographs; Happiness as Enterprise: An Essay on Neoliberal Life (SUNY) and Getting Loose: Lifestyle Consumption in the 1970s (Duke), and is co-editor of A Foucault for the 21st Century (Cambridge Scholars). He has published articles in such journals as Body & Society, History of Human Sciences, Time and Society, Foucault Studies, Cultural Studies, Rethinking Marxism, Subjectivity and the Journal for Cultural Research.
Happiness as Enterprise: An Essay on Neoliberal Life, SUNY Press. (reviewed in Social Semiotics, Class & Capital, Journal of Cultural Economy, Open Review of Educational Research; topic of exchange in Theory and Psychology).
“Biopolitical Metaphor: Habitualized Embodiment Between Discourse and Affect” Body & Society, May 4 2018.
“Anti-Racism Beyond Empathy: Transformations in the Knowing and Governing of Racial Difference Subjectivity 9: 4 June 2016.
Unlearning Privilege: The Therapeutic Ethos and the Battle Within the White Self” Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures, Ed. Daniel Nehring, (Routledge).
“Black Rage and White Listening: On the Psychologization of Racial Emotionality” Race, Rage and Resistance, Ed. Eric Severson, David Goodman and Heather Macdonald (Routledge).
Recent invited lectures
“Therapeutic Neoliberalism and the Reproduction of White Racial Subjectivity” Keynote address at International Workshop; Wellbeing in a Neoliberal Age: History, Theory, Practice, Sorbonne University, Paris France.
“Happiness as Enterprise and the Problem of Practice” Keynote address, International Colloquium: Happiness as a New Political Fiction. Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.
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