Recognizing the human: A psychoanalytic engagement with HRM and its discontents


‘It is joy to be hidden but disaster not to be found’

Donald Winnicott, Communicating and not communicating

To many critics and readers of this journal, the ‘human’ in HRM is hardly human. The images of Marx’s alienated proletarian, Weber’s disenchanted bureaucrat, or Foucault’s biopolitical subject are now so etched in the mind to render a practical engagement with HRM impossible. Best to abandon the enterprise altogether.

Political art without words: Art’s threat of emergence, and its capture within signification and commodification

We lack creation. We lack resistance to the present!

(Deleuze and Guattari, 1994: 108)

The rise of stagnancy and emergent possibilities for young radicals: Deleuze and the perils of idolatry

It’s only another fold

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them. (Exodus, 20: 4-5)

Market fundamentalism in the age of ‘haute finance’: The enclosing of policy space in ‘emerging’ India

[Initially]…There was no foreign portfolio investment in emerging markets. In fact, the name was designed to give a more uplifting feeling to what we had originally called the third world fund.

Former Deputy Director, The International Finance Corporation (IFC)

A chronology of fragments: Struggling to write a story alternative to the grand narrative of emerging economies

Nairobi, Kenya (spring 2011):

As I am to walk out the door of our apartment in central Nairobi where we have been living for a few months, in order to go to the grocery store, the cleaning lady, Imma, who has become almost like a family member, stops me and asks:

‘Matilda, while you are going out, could you please tell Fred at the gates to send me 20 shillings[1], because I need to make a call?’


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