Re/constructing the subject : tactical textual uptakes

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- This essay tracks a professional journey of one contemporary academic as inscribed in a collection of publications. A PhD by publication involves submitting a body of published writings accompanied by a linking essay that provides a theoretical coherence to the writings. In this instance the theoretical coherence has to engage with a diversity of publications — instructional texts, government reports, occasional papers as well as more conventional academic writing such as scholarly book chapters and journal articles. The publications were produced in various institutional sites involving very different work and textual practices. The focus of the essay is therefore on the multiplicity of textual practices of the contemporary academic subject. It argues that the multiple textual practices have not been generated arbitrarily, but are connected to specific programs of government, organised within particular kinds of ‘ceremonial places’, each of which comprises specific rituals that require specific textual uptakes. These are mediated through institutional practices and contribute to the construction of particular kinds of legitimate knowledge and particular kinds of academic subjects.
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