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Audit Cultures: Neoliberal governmentality, socialist legacy or technologies of governing:

Kipnis, Andrew

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In this article, I analyze the social processes of performance audits in a variety of cases in China, other postsocialist nations, and a U.S. workplace with Chinese immigrant employees. Although the processes share many commonalities, the ideological evaluations of them by the people involved are often diametrically opposed to those by anthropological analysts. For example, the Chinese workers often describe the performance audits as "socialist," whereas the anthropological analysts tend to see...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKipnis, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:46:12Z
dc.identifier.issn0094-0496
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/38042
dc.description.abstractIn this article, I analyze the social processes of performance audits in a variety of cases in China, other postsocialist nations, and a U.S. workplace with Chinese immigrant employees. Although the processes share many commonalities, the ideological evaluations of them by the people involved are often diametrically opposed to those by anthropological analysts. For example, the Chinese workers often describe the performance audits as "socialist," whereas the anthropological analysts tend to see them as a form of "neoliberal" governmentality. I use these contradictory evaluations to develop a critique of Nikolas Rose's conceptualization of "neoliberal governmentality," especially when it is used as an explanation for contemporary processes of governing. Building on the comparative analysis of the performance audit cases, I conclude with a call for a classic anthropological approach to the study of audit cultures.
dc.publisherAmerican Anthropological Association
dc.sourceAmerican Ethnologist
dc.subjectKeywords: Audit cultures; China; Governmentality; Neoliberalism; Socialism
dc.titleAudit Cultures: Neoliberal governmentality, socialist legacy or technologies of governing:
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume35
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9512106xPUB156
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKipnis, Andrew, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage275
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage289
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1548-1425.2008.00034.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:59:16Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-45749102076
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