The meaning of policy/policy as meaning

Richard Jenkins

in Policy reconsidered

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349132
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302995 | DOI:
The meaning of policy/policy as meaning

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This chapter discusses policy from the anthropological standpoint. It discusses the notion of policy as something to be interrogated rather than taken for granted. It specifically seeks to ask: ‘what is policy, what does it do, and what does it mean?’ from the perspective of a stranger. It also asks what ethnography can do for policy and what policy can do for ethnography. From an anthropological perspective, the chapter questions received wisdom around the nature and purpose of policy in modernity. It also argues for the recognition of policy as more than simple frame and backdrop to everyday life. It argues for the greater appreciation of the centrality of policy in ethnographic research.

Keywords: policy; anthropological standpoint; ethnography; ethnographic research

Chapter.  6397 words. 

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