Producing procrastination: negotiating affect and temporality in contemporary capitalism Public Deposited

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  • Shaffer, Allyson Kaye
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication
  • This thesis explores power, subjectivity, affect and temporality in contemporary capitalism in three parts. First, it uses a Foucauldian understanding of power to examine the subjectifying effects of the therapeutic discourse around procrastination as found in online-self-help articles. The second section reports on a focus group study in which clerical and administrative employees discussed procrastination, emotions and the use of alternate time management techniques in negotiating power relations in the immaterial workplace. The third section interprets the emotional politics engaged in each site: the emotions deployed by the disciplining therapeutic discourse, and the emotions negotiated and experienced by the focus group participants. Analyzing the ‘problem’ of procrastination can help provide a platform for better understanding affective, temporal subjectivity and the ways in which power is deployed, negotiated with and struggled over in the contemporary immaterial workplace.
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