Translating policy: Power and action in Australia's country towns

Cheshire, Lynda (2003) Translating policy: Power and action in Australia's country towns. Sociologia Ruralis, 43 4: 454-473. doi:10.1046/j.1467-9523.2003.00255.x

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Author Cheshire, Lynda
Title Translating policy: Power and action in Australia's country towns
Journal name Sociologia Ruralis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0199
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1467-9523.2003.00255.x
Volume 43
Issue 4
Start page 454
End page 473
Total pages 20
Editor Henk de Haan
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwells
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
370100 Sociology
750301 The distribution of wealth
770802 Land and water management
Abstract Controversies In its present condition, rural Australia is characterised by a discourse of decline that sees country towns and regions as places of demoralisation and despair. From a Foucauldian governmentality perspective, those who live in these spaces are not so much 'powerless' to the demands of urban-based governments and global capital, as rendered governable according to the socio-political ambitions of late capitalism. While important insights have been derived from such analyses, it is argued in this paper that excessive attention is often paid to the power of the state with little concern for the various ways in which local people engage with, and transform the strategies and effects of state power. Rather than utilising the concept of resistance to make sense of these interactions, a sociology of translation is adopted from the Actor Network Theory literature. Applied to two case examples, it shows how governmental policies and programmes are frequently the outcome of the interactions and negotiations that take place between all those enrolled in the actor-network.
Keyword Sociology
Q-Index Code C1

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