This article considers a collective denunciation of modern managerial discourse. Based on the socioclinical analysis of a research interview with two initiators of a public protest, it shows that the fiction of personal fulfilment and peaceful social relations promoted by this discourse can provoke indignation in two ways: “social indignation” toward the propagation of this discourse in spite of violence and unfairness at work, and “narcissistic indignation” toward the denial of the recognition of one’s ability to think that is manifested by this discourse and its dissemination. Developing a counter-discourse can be seen as an act of resistance against desubjectivation and a subject’s struggle for recognition in line with his or her ethical conscience, but it is also a fight over territory that may contribute to a rejection of the resignation underlying collective subjugation.
- managerial discourse
- trade unionism