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Exploring Regimes of Discipline

Exploring Regimes of Discipline: The Dynamics of Restraint

Edited by Noel Dyck
Series: EASA Series
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition: NED - New edition, 1
Published by: Berghahn Books
Pages: 208
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    Exploring Regimes of Discipline
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    The pursuit and practice of discipline have become near ubiquitous elements of contemporary social life and parlance, as discipline has become a commonplace and ever sought-after social technology. From the celebrated "discipline of the market" proclaimed by neo-liberal politicians, to self-actualizing experiences of embodied discipline proffered by martial arts instructors, this volume showcases highly varied and complex disciplinary practices and relationships in a set of ethnographic studies. Interrogating the respective fields of work, religion, governance, leisure, education and child rearing, together the essays in this volume explore and offer new ways of thinking about discipline in everyday life.

    eISBN: 978-0-85745-022-7
    Subjects: Anthropology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. 1 Anthropological Perspectives on Discipline: An Introduction to the Issues
    (pp. 1-22)
    Noel Dyck

    The pursuit and practice of discipline have become near ubiquitous elements of contemporary social life and parlance. From the celebrated “discipline of the market” proclaimed by neoliberal politicians to self-actualizing experiences of embodied discipline proffered by martial arts instructors, discipline has become a commonplace and even sought-after social technology or way of doing things. Yet among social scientists there remains a tendency to conceptualize discipline narrowly in terms of externalized and impersonal structures of control and punishment of the kinds associated with prisons, the military, or traditional schoolrooms.

    The limitations of this approach become apparent when we seek to take...

  4. 2 The Legacy of Vieskeri: Performativity and Discipline in Amateur Trotting Racing in Finland
    (pp. 23-41)
    Susanne Ådahl

    The weather seems somewhat stable so Rainer decides to train Loistotar (The Shining One) and I join him on the training pass, as do both the dogs who skillfully escape from the yard when I open the gate. They bark excitedly and circle around the horse with leaps and bounds, but Loistotar is hardly moved by the ruckus. She shakes her golden mane and chomps at the bit, eager to head off into the lush landscape that surrounds the village that is her home in the southwest of Finland. Loistotar is in good shape and full of spunk. The rains...

  5. 3 Targeting Immigrant Children: Disciplinary Rationales in Danish Preschools
    (pp. 42-56)
    Helle Bundgaard and Eva Gulløv

    In the summer of 1998 a clause in the Danish public school law concerned with stimulating “bilingual” children’s competence in Danish was changed from an opportunity to a requirement.¹ The change in the law was partly a result of an economic rationale: an attempt to decrease the need for expensive special reception classes for children who have little or no knowledge of Danish. It was also a product of a specific historic period in Danish society, and Europe more generally, characterized by intense preoccupation with the theme of integration.

    This chapter is concerned with the disciplinary rationales that encompass preschool...

  6. 4 The Discipline of Being Hospital Porters: Transcending Hierarchy and Institution
    (pp. 57-74)
    Nigel Rapport

    The coercive nature of the hospital as an institution became apparent to me on the morning of my formal induction into the job of portering.¹ For more than an hour, Pat, the portering submanager, dinned into me and six other neophytes a list of rules (regarding uniform and dress, cleanliness, smoking, timekeeping, telephone etiquette, patient handling, safety, and confidentiality), as well as the punishments for their infraction. At the same time the institution’s hierarchical nature was made plain: “You might think porters are a small cog in a large machine, but don’t think you’re nothing just because people say you...

  7. 5 Governance as a Regime of Discipline
    (pp. 75-98)
    Susan Wright

    The Isle of Skye—or Skye, as it is commonly known—is an island off the west coast of Scotland. Its population of ten thousand depends on access to the mainland for many services, and, in some cases, for work. In the 1980s, the government-run car ferry was aging and frequently breaking down. The government said a bridge would be built for the islanders. There was a spate of bridge building in Europe to connect islands to mainland communities at this time. But this was not simply a new bridge: it was the first experiment in the UK to provide...

  8. 6 Creatively Sculpting the Self through the Discipline of Martial Arts Training
    (pp. 99-112)
    Tamara Kohn

    In this chapter I will suggest how and why we might usefully extend the scope of traditional renderings and definitions of discipline in order to recognize and highlight the positive and potentially creative energy that may come from disciplined training. A focus on embodied and often reflexive experiences of disciplinary process will throw light on related notions of power, agency, self, and intersubjectivity. Emphasizing the processual—the “how” rather than the “what” of disciplinary action and experience—allows us to look at how ideas about choice, transformation, and the celebration of self may reframe our understandings of “discipline” more broadly....

  9. 7 The Fertile Body and Cross-Fertilization of Disciplinary Regimes: Technologies of Self in a Polish Catholic Youth Movement
    (pp. 113-134)
    Esther Peperkamp

    Catholicism has always offered a variety of techniques for the cultivation of virtues. These have been cultivated in different ways throughout the centuries, and the physical body has often been a central focus. The Middle Ages saw the rise to prominence of flagellation, which is still practiced today in some small Christian communities. Confession was characteristic of the period that followed. Confession manuals and spiritual guides, such as Luis of Granada’sGuide for SinnersandMirror of a Christian Man,appeared in the sixteenth century along with St. Ignatius’sSpiritual Exercises.Talal Asad and Michel Foucault have described confession as...

  10. 8 The Practice of Discipline and the Discipline of Practice
    (pp. 135-155)
    Peter Collins

    Dictionary definitions are as likely to obscure and mystify as they are to clarify, and so it is with the term “discipline.” We learn from theOEDthat “discipline” (“as pertaining to the disciple”) refers primarily not to doctrine, but to practice, though this is not always the case. The central argument of this chapter is that discipline serves very well as a means of interrogating social ontology and can be shown to overlap substantially with “practice,” a concept increasingly ubiquitous across the social sciences. In order to develop this argument I take as my starting point Quaker discipline. This...

  11. Notes on Contributors
    (pp. 156-157)
  12. Index
    (pp. 158-160)