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  • E.g: a secretary's writing a love letter on 'company time' or as complex as a cabinet maker's 'borrowing' a lathe to make a piece of furniture for his living room.
  • This ways of operating are similar to instructions for use. It goes to an identification of a person by the place in which he lives or works. North African living in paris.  The system imposed on him. creates for himself a space in which he can find ways of using the constraining order of the place or of the language. Without leaving the place where he has no choice but to live and which lays down its law for him, he establishes within it a degree of plurality and creativity. By an art of being in between, he draws unexpected results from his situation. 
  • The child still scrawls and daubs on .his. schoolbooks; even if he is punished for this crime, he‑ has made a space for himself and signs his existence as an author on it. The television viewer cannot write anything on the screen of his set: He has been dislodged from the product; he plays no role in its apparition. He loses his author's rights and becomes, or so it seems, a pure receiver, the mirror of a multiform and narcissistic actor. Pushed to the limit, he would be the image of appliances that no longer need him in order to produce themselves, the reproduction of a "celibate machine.
  • (1) The "proper" is a triumph of place over time. It allows one to capitalize acquired advantages, to prepare future expansions, and thus to give oneself a certain independence with respect to the variability of circumstances. It is a mastery of time through the foundation of an autonomous place.(2) It is also a mastery of places through sight. The division of space makes possible a panoptic practice proceeding from a place whence the eye can transform foreign forces into objects that can be observed and measured, and thus control and "include" them within its scope of vision.[xiii] To be able to see (far into the distance) is also to be able to predict, to run ahead of time by reading a space.(3) It would be legitimate to define the power of knowledge by this ability to transform the uncertainties of history into readable spaces. But it would be more correct to recognize in these "strategies" a specific type of knowledge, one sustained and determined by the power to provide oneself with one's own place. Thus military or scientific strategies have always been inaugurated through the constitution of their "own" areas (autonomous cities, "neutral" or "independent" institutions, laboratories pursuing "disinterested" research, etc.). In other words, a certain power is the precondition of this knowledge and not merely its effect or its attribute. It makes this knowledge possible and at the same time determines its characteristics. It produces itself in and through this knowledge

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  • The Practice of Everyday Life
    Making Do”: Uses and Tactics
    Michel de Certeau,(1988)
    ID 501 – Kıvılcım Çınar
  • contents
    Use or consumption
    The act of speaking
    Strategies and tactics
    The rhetorics of practice, ancient ruse
  • keywords
    ways of operating,
    tactics versus strategies,
    strategic rationalization-a way to delimit one's own place in a world by the invisible powers of the other.
    the gap between the consumer and the products.
    rhetorics of practice
  • How an entire society can manipulate the mechanisms of discipline and conform to them only in order to evade them?
  • De Certeau is interested with thedevices, actions, and procedures people use every day on the micro level in order to subvertthe disciplining powers.
    He claims that everdaylife is made up of tactics.
    To illustrate the definition of "the tactic", de Certeau introduces "laperruque"
    La perruque
    The ways in which workers trick their employers into thinking they are working when they are actually doing personal things using their company's time and materials.
  • Different ways of operating:
    (ways of walking, reading, producing, speaking...)
    • depending on the situation
    • one can establish a degree of plurality and creativity, use/re-use/manipulate/ignore/...
    • circumstantial factors in a way that is beneficial for a person.
    Example: North African living in Paris.
    (creates for himself a space in which he can find ways of using the constraining order of the place or of the language)
  • Use, or consumption
    Media – commercial production. (image broadcast, newspapers, magazines )
    What do people make of what they absorb, receive and pay for??
    Passive way of consumption. Dislodgmentfrom the product =>no active role from the user (pure receiver)
    Consumption shows itself not in its own products but in an art of using those imposed on it.
  • Tactics and consumption
    The consumer cannot be identified or qualified by the newspapers or commercial products he assimilates: there is a gap between the consumer and theproduct opened by the use that hemakes of them.
    An aspect of the revenge that utilizing tactics take on the power that dominates production, which results in "popularization" or "degradation" of a culture.
  • The act of speaking (practice of language)
    Enunciation (~ use) is a collection of circumstances adherent to the context from which it can be distinguished only by abstraction.
    Problematics of enunciation
    a realization of linguistic system (the act of speaking)
    an appropriation of language by the speaker who uses it.
    a certain relational contract with a receiver.
    the establishment of a present ~ being situated in time.
  • Strategies and tactics
    Strategies are able to produce, tabulate and impose spaces, whereas tactics can only use, manipulate and divert them.
    Strategies: a calculation of power relationships that becomes possible as soon as a subject with will and power (institution) can be isolated.
    Distinguish a place of 'independent' power and will from an environment.
  • The effects of strategies
    A triumph over place and time based on autonomy.
    Mastery of places through sight: observation of foreign forces makes it possible to predict, run ahead of time by reading a space.
    A specific type of knowledge, sustained and determined by the power to provide oneself with one's own place.
  • Tactics: calculated actions determined by the absence of a proper locus (geometrical space).
    De Certeau defines “tactics” as ways to artfully “use, manipulate, and divert” the cultural products and spaces imposed by an external power. 
    The effects of tactics
    No options of planning as certain opportunities present themselves.
    No centralized base for expansion or planning.
    Make use of cracks in the surveillance of the proprietary powers, take it on by surprise.
    The art of the weak
  •  The weaker the forces at the disposition of the strategist, the more the strategist will be able to use deception.
    The more the strategy is transformed into tactics.
    A tactic is determined by the absence of power just as strategy is organized by the postulation of power.
  • Strategies pin their hopes on the resistance that the establishment of a place offers to the erosion of time,
    Tacticspin their hopes on a clever utilization of time, of the opportunities it presents and of the play that it introduces into the foundations of power. 
    Both ways of acting can be distinguished according to whether they bet on place or on time.
  • The rhetorics of practice, ancient ruses
    Rhetorics are manipulations of language relative to the occasions. They are intended to seduce, captivate or invert the linguistic position of the addressee.
    Rhetorics~ Tactics
    Clever 'tricks' of the 'weak' within the order established by the 'strong' > applicable to the practice of everyday life (speaking, reading, dwelling, moving about, shopping, cooking,...)
  • Generalization of strategy and tactics
    The strategic model is defeated by its own success: the proper distinction from 'everything else' has diminished since the proper has become the whole.
    Tactics are going off their tracks, they are wandering in a space that is becoming more homogeneous.
    Consumers are transformed into immigrants.
    The system is too vast to be fixed in one place, but is too constraining to escape from it.
    Generalization of strategy and generalization of tactics exclude a clear distinction between both.
  • Strateji: Güç ilişkilerine öncelik verir; zamana bağlı olan, geçici olan ilişkileri, ilişkilerdeki her bir unsura belli bir analitik ve sahiplenilecek bir “yer” vererek, sabitleyerek, tanımlayarak ve “birimlere” ya da birimlerden oluşan bütünlere indirmeye gayret ederler.
    Stratejiler önceden kabul edilen iktidar yeri, dağınık güç ve yerler ve de totalleştirici söylemler arasında ilişki kurar; her birinin üzerinde diğeri sayesinde hakimiyet kurar.
  • Taktik sadece ötekinin olan ve kendine dayatılan, yabancı bir gücün kanunu tarafından organize edilen bir sahada ve o sahayla oynamak zorundadır; kendini, kendi yerinde, o sahanın dışında tutamaz.
    Bu “yersizlik” ona kuşkusuz hareket kazandırır ama zamanın rastlantılarına bağımlı bir uysallık içinde, açılan imkânları yakalamaya çalışır; sahip olan iktidarın gözetiminde ortaya çıkan çatlaklardan faydalanması gerekir.
  • Stratejilerin tersine taktiklerin adı yoktur. Stratejiler basitleştirir ve ad koyar; taktikler ise bütün karmaşıklığıyla, ancak bütün birikimiyle ve yılların, yüzyılların hafızasıyla gündelik hayatın kendisidir; yürümek, yemek, içmek, konuşmak gibi pratikler ya da performanslardır.