ERIC Number: EJ1095698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
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Deconstructing the Neoliberal "Entrepreneurial Self": A Critical Perspective Derived from a Global "Biophilic Consciousness"
Fernández-Herrería, Alfonso; Martínez-Rodríguez, Francisco Miguel
Policy Futures in Education, v14 n3 p314-326 Apr 2016
Purpose: This text aims to shed light on the background of neoliberalism and the basic characteristics that underlie its approach to the "Entrepreneurial Self." The neoliberal economy, and the concept of entrepreneurship which is driven by it, is defined by a range of perspectives which build its epistemology and explain its current development. It is important to make a critical deconstruction in order to offer an alternative to the neoliberal entrepreneurial self. This alternative involves a new identity. It is reconstructed as a revolutionary, empathic, and global communication technology from the "Internet of Things", and is consistent with a worldview that makes sense of it. As a result of this review, we propose to reconceive the "Entrepreneurial Self" as a new critical reconstruction of our identity, which empathetically reconnects us with nature, as well as with the whole community of life. This stems from an ethics of care, the value of sharing, and the development of those interdependent networks which constitute our global "biophilic consciousness." Each of these elements is far removed from the predatory culture of the neoliberal model.
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Entrepreneurship, Epistemology, Self Concept, Models, Empathy, Information Technology, Sustainability, Critical Theory, Role, World Views, Educational Philosophy
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