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Belonging as Capacity: Strengthening Bonds in the Era of Neoliberal Governmentality


Belonging as Capacity: Strengthening Bonds in the Era of Neoliberal Governmentality

Desgagné, Gabrielle (2019) Belonging as Capacity: Strengthening Bonds in the Era of Neoliberal Governmentality. To Be Decided* Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory, 4 (1). pp. 1-28.

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This article theorizes belonging within the context of neoliberalism in North America. Drawing on a sociology of emotions resting on an Indigenous epistemology, this article theorizes how the feeling of belonging capacitates. That is, how belonging to a community, territory, occupational group, etc. fosters a sense of acceptance and continuity even within the era of neoliberal governmentality which governs bodies by governing less and promotes happiness and self-realization while obliterating social inequity. The article provides rich sociological examples into the Indigenous experience of belonging noting that when an individual has a sense of belonging, they are better able to strengthen bonds with their sense of self and with others. This analysis brings a unique definition of belonging while emphasizing the importance of acknowledging that belonging is a feeling that crosses cultural barriers.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Desgagné, Gabrielle
Journal or Publication:To Be Decided* Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory
Date:1 April 2019
Keywords:sociology of emotions; neoliberalism; Indigenous peoples; social norms; governmentality; embodied in/capacity theory
ID Code:985316
Deposited By: Gabrielle Desgagné
Deposited On:17 May 2019 20:00
Last Modified:17 May 2019 20:00


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