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Making policy moveTowards a politics of translation and assemblage$
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John Clarke, Dave Bainton, Noémi Lendvai, and Paul Stubbs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313366

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313366.001.0001

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Translation, assemblage and beyond

Translation, assemblage and beyond

towards a conceptual repertoire

Two (p.33) Translation, assemblage and beyond
Making policy move

John Clarke

Dave Bainton

Noémi Lendvai

Paul Stubbs

Policy Press

The chapter offers a set of approaches that we have found useful in rethinking policy and its movement beyond orthodox policy studies approaches. It expands the framework and conceptual vocabulary of critical policy studies by bending and blending approaches taken up from elsewhere. These resources are taken from Actor Network Theory, anti-colonial and post-colonial approaches and Cultural Studies. At the centre are ideas of Translation Assemblage, Articulation, Performance and Structures of Feeling. Each of these contributes towards a view of policy as emergent, plural, unfinished and, above all, contested. The chapter establishes the basis for the four substantive chapters that follow and take up aspects of this repertoire.

Keywords:   translation, assemblage, performance, performativity, articulation, contradiction, contestation, contact zones

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