Exploring Regimes of Discipline: The Dynamics of Restraint

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Noel Dyck
Berghahn Books, Apr 30, 2008 - Social Science - 208 pages
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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.


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Chapter 1Anthropological Perspectives on Discipline
Chapter 2The Legacy of Vieskeri
Chapter 3Targeting Immigrant Children
Chapter 4The Discipline of Being Hospital Porters
Chapter 5Governance as a Regime of Discipline
Chapter 6Creatively Sculpting the Self through the Discipline of Martial Arts Training
Chapter 7The Fertile Body and CrossFertilization of Disciplinary Regimes
Chapter 8The Practice of Discipline and the Discipline of Practice
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Noel Dyck has written extensively on the relations between aboriginal peoples and nation-states. His current research and publications explore interconnections between anthropology, childhood, sport and embodied identities. He is professor of social anthropology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

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