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Enrolling ordinary people: governmental strategies and the avoidance of politics?

Clarke, John (2010). Enrolling ordinary people: governmental strategies and the avoidance of politics? Citizenship Studies, 14(6) pp. 637–650.

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Recent strategies for 'governing the social' have placed a premium on recruiting ordinary people to their processes. This commitment to the value of ordinary people links UK initiatives in public services and citizenship to innovations in development strategies in the global south. This paper asks what it is that makes ordinary people such a desired object of governmental strategies and suggests that it is their assumed a-political character and their capacity to bring values, knowledge and other resources that are beyond the state. This article suggests that keeping politics out of governing may be a governmental ambition, but ordinary people cannot be relied on to perform in such ways.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1469-3593
Extra Information: Special Issue: The Pedagogical State: Education, Citizenship, Governing
Keywords: governing the social; citizenship; development; empowerment; politics; depoliticisation
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 26655
Depositing User: John Clarke
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 11:22
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 16:57
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