, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 264–278 | Cite as

Gender, class, neoliberalism: young women’s workplace subjectivities in Chile

  • María Jesús MontecinosEmail author
Original Article


In this article, I engage with feminist interests related to the gendered nature of neoliberal subjectivities and their constraints, hidden as they are by contemporary formations of neoliberalism. The paper is based on a qualitative study of young working-class women subjectivities in Chile. Using Foucault and Deleuze’s work on the concept of visibility, I suggest that the non-discursive is as fundamental as the discursive if we want to deepen our understanding of the relations between classed femininities and neoliberalism,. In the context of the affective turn, my intention is to develop a means of approaching materialities and their historical nature that is different (although not opposed) to that offered by the concept of affect.


Discourse Visibilities Materiality Subjectivities Gender Neoliberalism 



I would like to express my gratitude to Deborah Youdell at the University of Birmingham for her helpful comments, discussions and support while writing this paper. My thanks also go to Valerie Walkerdine for her inspiring work and comments on this writing. Finally, I would like to thank my friends Diego Ochoa and Daniel Layton for the conversations and insights.


This work was supported by the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnología (CONICYT) Chile; under Grant Beca Doctorado Nacional 2014; Newton-Picarte Fund, Research Councils UK and CONICYT under the research project ‘Governing the educational and labour market trajectories of secondary TVET graduates in Chile’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Facultad de Educación, Educación BásicaSantiagoChile

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