Hayes, G, Cammiss, S and Doherty, BJA (2020) Disciplinary Power and Impression Management in the Trials of the Stansted 15. Sociology, 55 (3). pp. 561-581. ISSN 1469-8684

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We bring Foucauldian and Goffmanian frameworks into dialogue to show how repressive and disciplinary power operate in the criminal trials of social movement activists. We do so through an ethnographic account of the trials on terrorism-related charges of a group of anti-deportation direct action protesters known as the Stansted 15, complemented by interviews with defendants. We argue that the prosecution of these activists on terrorism-related charges creates conditions of constraint which effectively serve to collapse the space for political and normative challenge, and obliges them to develop impression management strategies internalising and reproducing the court’s expressive regime. We see these trials therefore as a normalising procedure whose goal is not the repressive application of custodial sentences, but rather a disciplinary disarming of radical critique so that leniency can be applied. At stake here, therefore, is the production through trial of the ideal disciplined liberal political subject.

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Additional Information: This is the author accepted manuscript (AAM), accepted for publication by Sage Publications and made available in accordance with the publisher's policy on open access archiving. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: deportation, direct action, disciplinary power, Foucault, Goffman, impression management, protest trial.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 13:35
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 14:08
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8516

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