Neoliberal subjectivities and the behavioural focus on income management

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    Abstract

    This paper specifically addresses the behavioural focus of the income management regime, arguing that through its use of market logic and the reduction of social and political complexity, the regime is a technology of neoliberal governmentality. This paper finds that income management, whether compulsory or voluntary, blanket or Community based, regards the individual as the site of dysfunction, depoliticising and dehumanising broader socio economic historical factors in the process. Further, the focus on behavioural change creates the illusion that the market logic of income management will produce responsible citizens, which in turn obscures the possibility of redressing poverty and inequality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)503-523
    JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
    Volume51
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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