Self-Government and the fashioning of resilient personae : legal education, criminal justice, and the government of mental health

Ball, Matthew J. (2011) Self-Government and the fashioning of resilient personae : legal education, criminal justice, and the government of mental health. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 23(1), pp. 97-111.

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This paper explores attempts to shape resilient personae through relations of self-government, and highlights the way that this features as part of advanced liberal forms of rule. As an example of this process, it focuses on the way that undergraduate law students are encouraged to fashion resilient personae throughout their legal studies, so as to avoid, or effectively respond to, experiences that may have a detrimental effect on their mental health. This paper argues that the production of such resilience relies on students being encouraged to take up psychologically- and biomedically-infused subject positions, becoming well-disciplined subjects, entrepreneurs of the self, and even virtuous persons. It highlights that the fashioning of resilient personae in this way involves extensions to the targets and practices of self-government and reinforces advanced liberal government. The paper then suggests how insights into fashioning resilience in this context can inform further research on resilience, particularly resilience produced within criminal justice professionals.

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ID Code: 47622
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: resilience, governmentality, risk, mental health, legal education
ISSN: 1034-5329
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 University of Sydney
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2011 22:11
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2011 00:59

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