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Çalışkan, G., McGregor, A.J. ‘You can change the world. We’re just here to help’: activist consultancy firms as forms of neoliberal governmentality (2019) Globalizations, Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2018.1562510

Using Foucault’s theory of governmentality, we trace the development of activist consultancy firms (ACFs), providing an in-depth description of two ACFs: Boutique Activist Consultancy and the Solutions Institute. We explore how these ACFs enact neoliberal governmentality. The ACFs’ ambivalent engagement with professionalization is the most notable finding of our research. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Author Keywords
activist consultancy firms; critical discourse analysis; governmentality; Neoliberalization of activism; professionalization of activism; social activism

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