Theorizing the Standoff
Contingency in Action
By (author) Robin Erica Wagner-Pacifici
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Theorizing the Standoff by Robin Erica Wagner-Pacifici
Book DescriptionThis book combines original theoretical analysis with real life case studies to examine the nature of the standoff. Starting with the standoffs of Wounded Knee, MOVE, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Freeman of Montana, Tupac Amaru, Republic of Texas, the author explores the archetypal patterns of human action and cognition that move us into and out of these highly charged situations and seeks to theorize the contingency of all such moments. As an emergency situation where interaction is both frozen and continuing, the standoff evokes original ideas about time, space and appropriate or anticipated action and individuals and organisations often find their standard operating procedures and categories deflected and transformed. By tracking and analysing such impositions and deflections, this book aims to develop a theory of the fundamental existential indeterminacy of social life and the possible role that improvisation can play in navigating this indeterminacy and preventing a violent and destructive conclusion. Co-winner of the 2001 Best Book Award given by the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521654791
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robin Erica Wagner-Pacifici
Art of Surrender, Paperback (September 2006)
Explores the ritual concessions as acts of warfare, performances of submission, demonstrations of power, and representations of shifting, unstable worlds. The author considers the limits of sovereignty at conflict's end, showing how the ways we concede loss can be as important as the ways we claim victory.
Theorizing the Standoff, Hardback (March 2000)
In this book, theoretical analysis and real life case studies are combined to explore the nature of the standoff.
Discourse and Destruction, Paperback (November 1993)View all books by Robin Erica Wagner-Pacifici
This text reconstructs the conflict between MOVE, a radical black separatist group, and the city of Philadelphia. Against this account, the author develops an analysis of the relation between definition and action, between language and violence.
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