Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship

Janet Newman and John Clarke

in Subversive citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303619 | DOI:
Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship

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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

Chapter.  6404 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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