Exclusionary power of ‘acting normal’

By Maria Rast Great sociologists such as Foucault, Bourdieu or Bauman claim that nowadays, power cannot be possessed, controlled and used to achieve certain outcomes. According to them, power works in more invisible, subtle and often unconscious ways. It resides in dominant images, taken for granted assumptions and prevalent discourses. Daily exposure to such prevailing […]

How to contribute to the public debate as a PhD candidate?

By Cathrine Talleraas In my PhD project I explore the encounter between people who lead transnational lives and the welfare state. More specifically, I look at how the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration experience this encounter, and how bureaucrats accommodate cross-border mobile social security receivers. When described like this, I rarely get any exciting reactions […]