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Mundane governance : ontology and accountability

Author: Steve Woolgar; Daniel Neyland
Publisher: New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2014. ©2014
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What is to be made of the outcry when newly issued recycling 'wheelie' bins are discovered to contain microchips for weighing and evaluating householders' rubbish? The angry accusations that speed cameras are generating excessive income for the government? These increasingly widespread reactions to ordinary events and everyday phenomena share a common theme. This book takes these concerns as the starting point for  Read more...
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Woolgar, Steve.
Mundane governance : ontology and accountability.
New York, New York : Oxford University Press, ©2014.
xi, 282 pages
(DLC) 2013942163
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Woolgar; Daniel Neyland
ISBN: 9780191505294 0191505293 9780191762994 0191762997 1306300223 9781306300223
OCLC Number: 874147943
Description: 1 online resource (305 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Mundane Governance: A Profound Question of Political Philosophy? --
1.1. Introduction --
1.2. Narratives of Mundane Governance --
1.2.1. The Omnipresence of the Mundane --
1.2.2. The Significance of the Mundane --
1.2.3. The Morality of the Mundane --
1.2.4. Irony, Incongruity, and the Exoticism of the Ordinary --
1.2.5. Ironies of Mundane Governance as Social --
Political Analysis --
1.2.6. Schadenfreude about Failures of Mundane Governance --
1.3. Some Initial Analytic Themes --
1.4. Principles for Researching the Mundane --
1.5. Structure of our Argument --
2. The Wrong Bin Bag: The Situated Ontology of Mundane Governance --
2.1. Introduction --
2.2. Governance and Accountability --
2.2.1. Corporate Governance --
2.2.2. Neo-Foucauldian Approaches to Governance --
2.2.3. Accountability --
2.2.4. The Effects of Governance and Accountability --
2.3. The Ontological Dynamics of Governance and Accountability. Note continued: 2.3.1. Objects and Technology in Science and Technology Studies --
2.3.2. Enrolling Latour to Recursive Ontology --
2.4. The Wrong Bin Bag --
2.5. Conclusion --
3. Classification as Governance: Typologies of Waste --
3.1. Introduction --
3.2. Governance through Classification and Accountability --
3.3.A Background to Waste Management --
3.4. Waste Management in Action --
3.4.1. The Local Waste Management Centre --
3.4.2. Kerbside Recycling --
3.5. Analysis: Governance, Accountability, and Classification --
3.6. Conclusion --
4. Why Govern? --
Is, Ought, and Actionability in Mundane Governance --
4.1. Introduction --
4.2. Evidence, Is and Ought --
4.3. Constituting Evidence as Is, Ought, and Actionable --
4.4. Evidence in Action --
4.5. Actionable Evidence --
4.5.1. Morally Actionable Evidence --
4.5.2. Evidence in Action? --
4.5.3.A New Guillotine? --
4.6. Conclusion --
5. Structures of Governance --
5.1. Introduction --
5.2. Constituting the Speeding Driver. Note continued: 5.3. Constituting Structures of Governance --
5.3.1. Invoking a Standard Governance Structure --
5.3.2. Invoking Non-Standard Structures of Governance --
5.3.3. Setting Camera Speed Limits --
5.3.4. Installing Cameras --
5.4. Reconstituting Structures of Governance through Communication --
5.5. Conclusion --
6.Compliance: Does Mundane Governance Work? --
6.1. Introduction --
6.2.Compliance in Theory --
6.3. Managing Compliance in Practice --
6.3.1. Three Varieties of Compliance --
6.3.2. Consistency of Compliance --
6.4. Re-educating the Speeding Driver --
6.5. Conclusion --
7. Spaces of Governance --
7.1. Introduction --
7.2. Governance and Space --
7.3.A London Airport --
7.3.1. Architecture --
7.3.2. Wayfinding Technologies --
7.3.3. Radio-Frequency Identification and Biometrics --
7.4. Airport Passengers --
7.4.1. Airport Managers' Accounts of Passengers --
7.4.2. Passengers' Accounts --
7.4.3. Passenger Ethnographies --
A. Joining Queues --
B. Electronic Check-In. Note continued: C. Making Routine Mistakes --
D. Objects and their People --
E. Shopping First, then Flying --
F. Boarding the Plane --
G. Travelling Elite --
7.5. Conclusion --
8. Mundane Terror --
8.1. Introduction --
8.2. Ontology and Security --
8.3. Objects and their Passengers --
8.4. Letter Bombs --
8.5. Biometric Identity Cards --
8.6. Analysis --
8.7. Conclusion --
9. Disruption --
9.1. Introduction --
9.2. Disruptions and Breaches --
9.3. The Water Bottle --
9.4. Traffic Lights Failure --
9.5. Parking is Such Sweet Sorrow --
9.6. Speeding Database --
9.7. Analysis --
9.8. Conclusion --
10. Conclusions --
10.1. Introduction --
10.2. Revisiting Narratives of Mundane Governance --
10.3. Partial Takes and Coherent Accounts --
10.4. Outstanding Issues --
10.5. Futures of Mundane Governance.
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