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Performing piracy: a note on the multiplicity of agency

Bueger, Christian ORCID: 2019. Performing piracy: a note on the multiplicity of agency. Journal of International Relations and Development 22 (4) , pp. 832-852. 10.1057/s41268-017-0122-0

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This is an empirical study of agency in world politics. Relying on a relational concept of agency as an effect of ‘agencements’, the objective is to empirically re-construct types of agency and how they are produced in practice. Drawing on the case of ‘piracy’, I demonstrate how different agencements produce different forms of agency. Six such formations for pirate agency are reconstructed, relying on a range of cultural and analytical experiences with Somali piracy. Throughout this reconstruction, we meet different pirates: moral bandits, enemies and villains, criminals, entrepreneurs, pirates as ‘symptoms’ and the pirate in denial. These forms of agency are the effects of the relations and practices of distinct agencements. Various ‘actors’, ‘objects’ and ‘practices’ produce these relations and a diverse set of rhetorical and material activities stabilize them. The analysis presents a primer for the study of the multiplicity of international agency and its production.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1408-6980
Funders: ESRC / BA
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 16 September 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 21:59

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