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// Maintaining Flexibility: How the Work Gets Done

in Under Construction

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780226257433
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226257457 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226257457.003.0008
// Maintaining Flexibility: How the Work Gets Done

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This chapter addresses how the work of homeland security gets done. It identifies the key roles and categories of individual innovators who were able to stretch or step outside normal boundaries to suggest and teach and learn, and explores the tension between the desire for local autonomy and flexibility and the pressures to codify practice and institutionalize relationships. The chapter analyzes the role of affiliations, relationships, and community channels in practice, and considers the role of temporary, task-based organization as a means of resisting the institutionalization of community relationships.

Keywords: homeland security; local autonomy; affiliations; community channels; institutionalization; community relationships

Chapter.  18985 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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