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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Swenson, Kristin
Title: Affective labor and governmental policy: George W. Bush's new freedom commission on mental health
Is part of: Baltic Journal of Law & Politics, 2011 vol. 4, iss. 2, p. 1-23
Date: 2011
Keywords: Affective labor;Mental health;George W. Bush;Affective state apparatus
Abstract: As affective labor is becoming more dominant in contemporary capitalism, the affect of the body politic is increasingly important. This article argues for a theory of the affective state apparatus to account for the state's role in governing the affect of the population. An analysis of George W. Bush's Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America reveals that an affective state apparatus functions to capture, constitute, and circulate the affects of the population. This article contends that an affective state apparatus operates through the very intimacies of our bodies in order to produce ever more efficient and productive capitalist subjects.
Appears in Collections:Baltic Journal of Law & Politics 2011, vol. 4, iss. 2

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