THE DEFERENCE CONTRACT
How ‘The Deal’ Is Changing
Moving from the loud, boisterous and unruly sounds of punk music, we now turn to an altogether calmer, but no less interesting, space. The focus of this chapter is on the dynamic that operates between the deferrers and the deferred to. We explore the unspoken rules that apply to both sides of the deference divide, and why we are witnessing a chronic breakdown – of which one of many examples is punk – in this relationship; it is time now to look at the wiring beneath the board.
Acts of deference typically contain a kind of promise, expressing in truncated form the actor’s avowal and pledge to treat the recipient in a particular way in the on-coming ...