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Subversive citizensPower, agency and resistance in public services$
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Marian Barnes and David Prior

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.001.0001

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Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship

Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship

(p.67) Five Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship
Subversive citizens

Janet Newman

John Clarke

Policy Press

People cannot ‘read off’ the likelihood of subversion from a particular configuration of variables. This chapter's stories of subversion in action similarly emphasise the way in which things may come together and also come apart — adopting the concept of ‘assemblages’ to reflect on the way in which multiple resources and capabilities may be mobilised and brought into new alignments. It uses two stories — one about citizens and one about non-citizens — to explore some of the issues that are brought into view by the phrase ‘subversive citizens’. The chapter subjects these stories to a further process of selection and translation, bending them to our interest in practices of assembling and reassembling forms of power.

Keywords:   subversion, subversive citizens, assemblages, non-citizens

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