chapter  2
13 Pages

Striving for order

While not all the combinations of the its, whats and whys listed here might make sense together, a number can be found in present debates about restraints. To forward a particular combination is to seek to include and exclude certain practices and technologies in and from evaluation. Imposing order - fixing the world - through boxing it up along distinctions by identifYing an X, Y and Z enables individuals to 'know how to go on'.2 The world becomes divided into distinct categories (e.g. leg-cuffs, over-sized handcuffs) and individual items are assigned to these categories (e.g. this model is a normal over-sized handcuffs whereas that is not) which then enables some evaluation (e.g. all factors considered this licence for mere restraints should be approved whereas this one for torture technology should not).