Sundhedens dilemma: En samtidsdiagnostisk undersøgelse af tidens fetich…

Daniel Clive Ebeling & Stine Holmkvist

Student thesis: Master thesis


In the contemporary work place, employees’ health is receiving ever-increasing attention. Through the implementation of work place health-policies companies are seeking to secure the health and safety of their employees. Short and long term benefits such as increased productivity, increased wellbeing and deduction of absenteeism are widely acknowledged. This thesis seeks to explore beyond the implications of such acknowledgements and rather draws to attention the implications of health policies as a stage for employees’ self-conductive skills. With the rise of immaterial labour and immaterial production the employee’s subjectivity is now renowned as the production resource that when in effect contributes with the essential ingredients that catalyzes the immaterial production. Only the employee himself is able to put his subjectivity into effect, the companies role is thus to invoke this subjectivity. Furthermore the subjectivity of the worker is an intimate resource, shielding its identity from outsiders. As the employee is the only one, who himself can lead the subjectivity forth, self-management becomes one of the primary competencies the company demands of its employees. In this thesis we draw the argument that health becomes hitched to self-management because health is understood as being able to manage ones own life and herby avoid lifestyle illnesses. Furthermore, as health and self-management are connected, health and the act of conditioning a healthy body in the workplace, becomes an aesthetic expression, that exposes the employee’s selfmanagerial skills. This performance of self-managerial skills as expressionism causes in effect the audience (the company) to draw the conclusion, that behind the performance is productive potential, precisely because self-management is interrelated with productivity in the immaterial production. Furthermore this thesis seeks to explore what implications health-policies as performative mediums can create for the employee.

EducationsMSc in Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2010
Number of pages175