Governmentality, counter-conduct and prefigurative demonstrations

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The interactional and categorial practices of a prefigurative protest demonstrationare examined using video recordings that document a theatrical protestevent called “United Nathans weapons inspectors” in February 2003. The chapterundertakes an analytics of protest to uncover how fields of visibility, forms ofknowledge, technologies and apparatuses, and subjectivities and identities arenegotiated and accomplished collaboratively. Conversation analysis (CA) helpsus document the ways in which fields of visibility and modes of rationality aresequentially organised. Membership categorisation analysis (MCA) uncoversthe categorial work by which subjectivation is morally accomplished in socialinteraction. The chapter shows how CA and MCA can help trace the interactional,embodied and categorial practices that are endogenous to conductingthe conduct of others and the self, and thus which constitute or contest therationalities of governmentality.


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