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Subversive Citizens

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Part one: Introduction: Examining the idea of 'subversion' in public services ~ Marian Barnes and David Prior; Part two: Perspectives on subversive citizenship: Policy, power and the potential for counter-agency ~ David Prior; Alliances, contention and oppositional consciousness: can public participation generate subversion? ~ Marian Barnes; Subversive spheres: neighbourhoods, citizens and the 'new governance' ~ Helen Sullivan; Narrating subversion, assembling citizenship ~ Janet Newman and John Clarke; Subversive subjects and conditional, earned and denied citizenship ~ John Flint; Part three: Subversive citizens in public service settings: Family Intervention Projects: sites of subversion and resilience ~ Sadie Parr and Judy Nixon; Family decision making: new spaces for participation and resistance ~ Kate Morris and Gale Burford; Subversive attachments: gendered, raced and professional realignments in the 'new' NHS ~ Shona Hunter; Managerialism subverted? Exploring the activity of youth justice practitioners ~ Nathan Hughes; Awkward customers? Policing in a consumer age ~ Louise Westmarland and John Clarke; Part four: Conclusion: 'Subversion' and the analysis of public policy ~ David Prior and Marian Barnes.

About the Author

Marian Barnes is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Social Science, Policy and Research Centre at the University of Brighton. She has undertaken extensive research in aspects of user involvement and public participation in health and social care, children's services and local governance. David Prior is Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. His research has focused specifically on community safety and anti-social behaviour and more broadly on issues of citizenship and local governance.


"This is an exciting and sustained interrogation of the social relations of 'responsible' welfare at the point of delivery. It transposes and transforms Lipsky's notion of 'the street level bureaucrat' by exploring agency, counter-agency and subversion within contemporary welfare governance. A must-read." Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds "This timely book is essential reading, offering highly original and critical insights into the policy process in its contemporary context." Marjorie Mayo, Professor of Community Development, Goldsmith's College, University of London

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