"This book breaks new ground in interpreting how identity informs the judgements of State workers, as normative orientations coincide with identities and authority. At all levels, legal ordering becomes entangled with moral orientations and the micropolitics of identification, as workers interact with one another and their clients. The result is neither law nor order, but a fragile cultural politics of workers acting on citizens as they act out their identities. Using case studies in the field, the book conducts an exploration of the State, whilst holding on to the strong notions of identity, power and normative orientation. It introduces a unique notion of rights? by arguing that workers assert identity and power as they make judgements about who gets what from the State."--Provided by publisher.
First published 2001 by Ashgate Publishing.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter 1 Power, Identity and the Right to be Right chapter 2 The Research Setting: Spaces, Politics and Work Cultures chapter 3 Studying Experience and Identity chapter 4 Identity and Morality chapter 5 Power in Motion: Negotiating the State chapter 6 Cultures of Work: Incorporating Difference as Loosely Shared Meanings chapter 7 Conclusions: Reimagining Discretion as Exceptionalism.