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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

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

John Clarke

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.003.0005

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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