Enrolling the citizen in sustainability : membership categorization, morality and civic participation

Summerville, Jennifer A. & Adkins, Barbara A. (2007) Enrolling the citizen in sustainability : membership categorization, morality and civic participation. Human Studies, 30, pp. 429-446.

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This article examines the common-sense and methodical ways in which "the citizen" is produced and enrolled as an active participant in "sustainable" regional planning. Using Membership Categorization Analysis, we explicate how the categorization procedures in the Foreword of a draft regional planning policy interactionally produce the identity of "the citizen" and "civic values and obligations" in relation to geographic place and institutional categories. Furthermore, we show how positioning practices establish a relationship between authors (government) and readers (citizens) where both are ascribed with the same moral values and obligations toward the region. Hence, "the citizen" as an active participant in "sustainable" regional planning is viewed as a practical accomplishment that is underpinned by a normative morality associated with the task of producing orderliness in "text-in-interaction."

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ID Code: 12492
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: civic participation, conversation analysis, membership categorization, moral order, policy discourse, regional planning, sustainable development, text, in, interaction, ethnomethodology
DOI: 10.1007/s10746-007-9070-9
ISSN: 0163-8548
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology not elsewhere classified (160899)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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