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What's the subject? Brexit and politics as articulation

Clarke, John and Newman, Janet (2019). What's the subject? Brexit and politics as articulation. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 29(1) pp. 67–77.

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This paper focuses on the moment of Brexit and its political aftermath in order to challenge dominant academic and popular conceptions of the political subject as singular and coherent. Instead, we suggest that there is an urgent political and analytical need for a view of the subject as multiple, contradictory, and dialogic. As interdisciplinary scholars working on the borders of policy studies and cultural studies, we think this is a critical site for transdisciplinary conversations about such conceptions of the subject. In the political field, such subjects are selectively and unevenly addressed and mobilized by political projects—such as Vote Leave—that invite them to recognize themselves as part of an imagined collective identity. In the twin disturbances of the European Union referendum and the 2017 general election, we suggest that it is possible to see that other voicings, other identifications, and other projects remain possible. Specific political mobilizations are neither singular nor stable.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 1099-1298
Keywords: articulation; dialogic self; political subjects; recognition; representation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 58974
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2019 17:02
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