Neuroliberalism in the Digital Age: the emerging geographies of the behavioural state

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This chapter explores the emerging fusion of the data and behavioural sciences in the operation of behavioural government. It is argued that smart technology now facilitates behavioural government in real time at unprecedented scales. It is further claimed that these developments are leading to significant changes in the geographies of the state. Focusing on the concept of neuroliberalism, this chapter considers how states are now able to monitor and intervene within our spatial behaviours in novel and, at times, troubling ways. It is also argued that digital manifestations of neuroliberaism are leading to a blurring of the boundaries between states, corporations and practices of government. In partnership with big tech the state can now trespass into everyday spaces just as it becomes increasingly difficult to hold to account in real geographical space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Changing Geographies of the State
Subtitle of host publicationNew Spaces of Geopolitics
EditorsSami Moisio, Natalie Koch, Andrew E. G. Jonas, Christopher Lizotte, Juho Luukkonen
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781788978057
ISBN (Print)9781788978040
Publication statusPublished - 09 Oct 2020


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