The discursive intersection of the government of others and the government of self in the face of climate change
The chapter demonstrates how empirical discourse analysis can contribute tothe study of two issues of particular significance in recent studies of governmentality.Firstly, the observation that the relationship between power andresistance is specifically contradictory, in that resistance marks both a boundaryand a constitutive moment of government, and, secondly, the realisationthat governmentality is somehow intertwined with the continuous becomingof ethical subjects, or, in other words, with continuously negotiated practices ofsubjectivation. The chapter pursues and enforces the theoretical argument thatpractices of subjectivation should be understood as an aspect of the unceasinglynegotiated interdependence of power and resistance. This suggests that thistheoretical insight can be fulfilled in empirical research if studies of governmentalityare interconnected with membership categorisation analysis and conversationanalysis. To demonstrate the benefits of this approach, the chapter providesan in-depth analysis of focus group data from sessions in a small Danish villagein which citizens accomplish the contested discursive intersection of, on the onehand, a municipal strategy aimed at ‘greening’ the citizens’ transportation conductand, on the other hand, the citizens’ attempt to conduct their own conduct.