"Most would agree that there are increasing levels of social control that have come to settle around the therapeutic. Th is mania for physical and mental health is as much locked into increasing the productive performance in light of
intensifi ed workloads, as it is an issue of the provision of disciplining services for those occupying the fringes of work. Could it not be that the ‘rise of the therapeutic’ is part of a wider socio-historic process that is under-pinned
by the way capitalism is engaged in the ‘production of subjectivity’ and that highlighting the ‘therapy industry’ to some extent leaves the door open to an ‘absolution’ of those who participate in an increasingly melancholic and direc-
tionless leftist milieu?