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Sam Binkley is Associate Professor of Sociology at Emerson College.  His research examines the shaping of subjectivity, identity and personhood in the contemporary context 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 ranging from self help literature and popular psychology to lifestyle movements of the 1970s, anti-racist and multi-cultural discourses, and the affective and emotional cultures of neoliberalism, all with an eye toward the fashioning of subjectivity in these contexts. In addition to authoring two research monographs; Happiness as Enterprise: An Essay on Neoliberal Life (SUNY) and Getting Loose: Lifestyle Consumption in the 1970s (Duke), he has published articles in such journals as History of Human Sciences, Time and Society, Cultural Studies, Rethinking Marxism, Subjectivity and the Journal for Cultural Research. He is the co-editor of A Foucault for the 21st Century (Cambridge Scholars), and currently serves as co-editor of the journal Foucault Studies.

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