This study tries to understand this process, but through a different perspective. It is assumed that, to do so, it is crucial to take knowledge of the construct of a market that is entwined to this process: a market where what is sold are performances, ways of conducting oneself through work and, as some producers of this market would say, through life. The idea is to apprehend how a practice, strongly subjective and vocational, becomes a product, sold through discourses highly normative and prescriptive such as self-help literature and pop management magazines.
Who are the actors involved in this market? What legitimates their actions and the construction of such products? These are the questions that this essay tries to answer. To do so, we will employ the concept of field, key in Bourdieu’s work and developed by authors such as Lahire, and apprehend this market as a field of force and power relations, entwined to the changes on the labor market and the management and business studies, where actors struggle to legitimate discourses, recipes of ways to “make friends and influence people”, “be a servant leader”, and become “an highly effective worker” on the corporative world.