Against wellbeing : The problem of resources, metrics and care of the self

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Murphy, Brendon. (2021). Against wellbeing : The problem of resources, metrics and care of the self. Alternative Law Journal. 46(2), pp. 108-114. https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X211007580
AuthorsMurphy, Brendon
Abstract

This article critically engages with the concept and practice of ‘wellbeing’. Over the last decade, managerial practices have broadly introduced ‘wellbeing’ policies into the workplace, including the legal workplace. While these practices, in principle, can offer important forms of support for staff under professional stress, they can also be counterproductive, and have the effect of escalating stress and isolation. Drawing on Foucault, this article turns wellbeing on its head and identifies the dark side of what has become a widely practised form of control. It concludes by advocating for employee dialogue and genuine care rather than responsibilising employees for systemic failings.

KeywordsFoucault; wellbeing; social theory; criminal justice; industrial relations
Year2021
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Journal citation46 (2), pp. 108-114
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN1037-969X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X211007580
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Page range108-114
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