• “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man”

    Author(s):
    Ilana Gershon (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Anthropology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Branding, neoliberal self, hiring, employment, career advice
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/cr4a-se63
    Abstract:
    This article discusses personal branding, a performance genre that many job seekers in the United States are told to master in order to get a job. I discuss the specific techniques you are supposed to use to brand yourself, some of the origins of these techniques, and the reasons why people find it challenging to put these techniques into practice. I analyze the self that personal branding assumes everyone should be able to present to others by deploying a set of semiotic practices meant to create the impression of a coherent authentic self. Personal branding is treated as a lens into some lived dilemmas that emerge when one tries to put a model of a neoliberal self into practice, with special attention drawn to the tension between flexibility and legibility.
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
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