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    Local government and practice ontologies: sector speaks in housing and homelessness services

    Dobson, Rachael (2020) Local government and practice ontologies: sector speaks in housing and homelessness services. Local Government Studies 46 (4), pp. 583-603. ISSN 0300-3930.

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    Present accounts of local government under neoliberalism risk poorly characterising and conceptualising forms of resistance by local actors. Institutional actors, and statutory agents in particular, have long been subject to analyses in order to appraise their complicity with, and resistance to oppressive political rationalities. Debates have gathered pace under ‘austerity’ and swingeing fiscal cuts to local budgets, consistent with the action of post-industrial nation states after the 2008 financial crash. The article argues that at the heart of existing accounts is the failure to engage with how institutional structures come to formation and how human agents come to action. Informed by relational and ontological approaches to the ‘making-of’ state formations, the ‘sector speaks’ concept is introduced. The concept draws on local actors’ narratives from an empirical study of housing and homelessness practices, demonstrating these as a governance-action interface, ‘lived’ through day-to-day actions and social practices. This approach provides an alternative insight into human agents’ actions, behaviours and capacities for resistance, and how these may be captured through local government research.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Relationality, Ontology, Neoliberalism, Agency, Resistance, Governance
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for
    Depositing User: Rachael Dobson
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 09:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:57


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