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2009-09-08 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's really interesting, Jo. I encountered the phrase 'the responsibilisation of contemporary life,' recently, and it seems to feed into this: in almost everything we do, we're having to be conscious of our responsibilities. We go fishing, we have to check the length of the fishies and throw the small ones back. We go riding, we have to wear a helmet. We drive, we have to wear a seat belt.
The concept of responsibilisation, as I encountered it, suggested that this tended to produce a kind of low-level constant anxiety (that one will fail to live up to these multiple sites of responsibility), and that this often, in turn, turned into resentment (which tends, of course, to be redirected by the government to 'more suitable' candidates for resentment; hence racism, etc). In this context, risk-taking seems extreme, somehow, and rejecting or ignoring your responsibilities... yes, thoroughly anti-authoritarian. Which of course is where Helen's analysis of the gendered nature of this stuff comes into its own again.
Thanks for your thoughts, Jo.
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