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Type: Book chapter
Title: Power, resistance and reflexive practice
Author: Eveline, J.
Bacchi, C.
Citation: Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory, 2010 / Bacchi, C. (ed./s), pp.139-162
Publisher: University of Adelaide Press
Publisher Place: South Australia
Issue Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780980672381
Editor: Bacchi, C.
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Joan Eveline and Carol Bacchi
Abstract: Introduction: Joan Eveline and Carol Bacchi This chapter examines the primary organising processes which produce the meanings of policy statements. It outlines and inspects the social power circumscribing these policy statements, the relations of power and resistance involved in such statements, and their effects on those subject to the policy. The previous chapter outlined how the WPR approach concentrates on the constitutive effects of existing or proposed policies, showing how the characterising of policy ‘problems’ within those policies or proposals (what the ‘problem’ is represented to be) ‘shapes’ (or constitutes) people as particular kinds of subjects. This chapter pursues the point that policies elicit subjectivities, rather than determine them (Dean 1999: 32). It highlights the always-incomplete nature of subjectification processes, emphasising that the subjects of policy are always more than the products of policy regulation, whether explicit or implicit, as is the case in problem representations. In this view political subjects, both those who ‘do’ policy and those to whom it is ‘done’, are both subjected and resistant to policy discourses. A particular focus of this chapter and of the book is how ‘doing’ policy both produces and enables the subjectivities of those who analyse and develop it, including ourselves as researchers. The influences of feminist poststructuralism and recent organisational theory shape the propositions in this chapter. It was prompted by our wish as authors to fill a gap in our earlier and later chapters.
Rights: © 2010 Carol Bacchi, Joan Eveline and the contributors. This book is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission. Address all inquiries to the Director at the above address.
DOI: 10.1017/UPO9780980672381.010
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