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The governing of the self/the self-governing self: Multi-rater/source feedback and practices 1940-2011

Slater, R and Coyle, A (2014) The governing of the self/the self-governing self: Multi-rater/source feedback and practices 1940-2011 Theory & Psychology, 24 (2). pp. 233-255.

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Abstract

The present paper argues for a more critical contextualisation of multi-rater/source feedback mechanisms applying Foucault’s conceptual template of technologies of objectification and subjectivity/self, as they relate to a mode of “self” government that is intricately entwined with psychological knowledge and expertise. An in-depth genealogical analysis is presented that traces the genesis of two prominent forms of multi-rater/source feedback mechanisms between 1940 and 2011: the educational innovation of the T-group and the contemporary human resource practice of 360-degree feedback. We conclude that such practices have functioned to enfold individuals within relations of power and signification that impact upon individual self-governance, subjectivity, and identity. As such, the application of 360-degree feedback within contemporary organisational models is emblematic of a programme of government that relies for its effectiveness on the self-regulatory and self-developing capacities of the individual at work.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Slater, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Coyle, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 April 2014
Identification Number : 10.1177/0959354313520087
Uncontrolled Keywords : 360-degree feedback, psychologised-self, self-government, subjectivity, T-groups
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Additional Information : Published in Theory & Psychology 24(2), 233-255, 2014. Copyright 2014 Sage Publications
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Jul 2014 11:33
Last Modified : 15 Jul 2014 13:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805698

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