Materiality, subjectification, and government: the geographies of Britain's Motorway Code

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Abstract

In this paper I provide a critical discussion of Foucault's work on government and governmentality. I argue that geographers have tended to overlook the ways in which practices of self-government and subjectification are performed in relation to programmes of government, and suggest that they should examine the technical devices which are embedded in networks of government. Drawing upon these observations I suggest how geographers might proceed, tracing the geographies of a specific artefact: the British government's 1958 Motorway Code. I examine how the code was designed to serve as a technology of government that could shape the conduct of fairly mobile and distant subjects, enabling them to govern their conduct and the movements of their vehicles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-250
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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