A quick mention of some books which have just been published – these both hope to shed light on practices of psychological governance in different ways.
Brain Culture.Shaping policy through neuroscience – just out in paperback. So not really new, but newly affordable.
This book offers a timely analysis of the impact of rapidly advancing knowledge about the brain, mind and behaviour on contemporary public policy and practice. Examining developments in behaviour change policies, neuroscience, architecture and urban design, education, and workplace training programmes the book analyses the global spread of research agendas, policy experiments and everyday practice informed by ‘brain culture’. It offers an alternative, geographically informed set of explanations for what matters in explaining how people behave and how citizens’ behaviour should be governed. It will be of interest to students and academics across the social and behavioural sciences.
Thank you to Marisa Harlington for amazing cover art.
Emotional States. Sites and spaces of affective governance. An international collection of empirical studies edited by Eleanor Jupp, Jessica Pykett and Fiona Smith
What is the political allure, value and currency of emotions within contemporary cultures of governance? What does it mean to govern more humanely? Since the emergence of an emotional turn in human geography over the last decade, the notion that our emotions matter in understanding an array of social practices, spatial formations and aspects of everyday life is no longer seen as controversial. This book brings recent developments in emotional geography into dialogue with social policy concerns and contemporary issues of governance. It sets the intellectual scene for research into the geographical dimensions of the emotionalized states of the citizen, policy maker and public service worker, and highlights new research on the emotional forms of governance which now characterise public life.
Thank you to all the contributors for making this book happen, and also to Val Britton for her beautiful artwork.