By Engin F. Isin
This publication introduces the idea that "acts of citizenship" as a way to re-orientate the best way citizenship stories has been investigated over the past decade. The authors argue that investigating acts of citizenship in phrases irreducible to both prestige or perform, whereas nonetheless valuing this contrast, calls for a spotlight on these moments and tactics wherein topics represent themselves as voters. Their research includes a sustained engagement with interdisciplinary idea, drawing from new advancements not just in politics, sociology, geography and anthropology but in addition psychoanalysis, philosophy and background.
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What actualizes an act is not determinable in advance. (3) Acts produce actors and actors do not produce acts; actors isin&nielsen01 2/1/08 10:22 Page 37 THEORIZING ACTS OF CITIZENSHIP / 37 actualize acts and themselves through action. (4) Actualization of acts provokes both responsibility and answerability. Acts always concern others and the Other. The tension between responsibility and answerability produces acts as ruptures in the given. (5) Answerability and responsibility are distinct and separate (but related) classes of phenomena.
What does an act mean? Strangely, while both as verb and noun ‘act’ is one of the most provocative and affective words in the English language, it is also not easily neutralized by being absorbed into or flattened as ‘action’. As Ware (1973, p. 403) illustrates, at least in the English language, replacement of ‘act’ by ‘action’ either is impossible or changes the meaning of everyday phrases. We have expressions such as acts of courage, acts of generosity, acts of terror as well as court actions, social actions, affirmative actions but these will not work by exchanging ‘act’ with ‘action’ and vice versa.
This, Bakhtin says, happens when the normative content of an act is understood to derive from a categorical imperative. By contrast, theoreticism constitutes the actor as a transcendental or theoretical actor rather than a concrete, historical performance. ‘Thus, in so far as we detach a judgment from the unity constituted by the historical act/deed of its actualization and assign it to some theoretical unity there is no way of getting out from within its content/sense aspect and into the ought and the actual once-occurrent event of Being’ (p.
Acts of Citizenship by Engin F. Isin