Reference : Prosaic state governance of community low carbon transitions
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Human geography & demography
Sustainable Development
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/27115
Prosaic state governance of community low carbon transitions
English
Taylor Aiken, Gerald mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
2016
Political Geography
Elsevier Science
55
November
20-29
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
0962-6298
1873-5096
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
[en] This paper unpacks the complex relations between community low carbon transitions, the prosaic state, neoliberal modes of governing, and the role of numbers therein. It aims to outline the ways in which the prosaic state can, through everyday tasks, decisions, measurements and demonstration requirements, force a calculative logic onto and into community based movements and groups in ways that can be counterproductive. It centrally argues that the will to quantify, in particular the accompanying demonstration requirements (most often a number), enacts three fundamental shifts in the collective subjectivity integral to community groups and movements. First, the preferred form of knowledge becomes abstract, disembodied and fungible (episteme) over and against relational ways to understand and conceive togetherness (me¯tis), including ecological relationships. Second, the vision of community shifts from a search to belong, an intrinsic end in itself, towards an instrumental means to achieve specific targets. Finally, third, the splitting of means from ends. These can all be traced from the demonstration requirements, and numbers, accompanying neoliberal prosaic state engagement with community groups.
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/27115
10.1016/j.polgeo.2016.04.002

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