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Governing Childhood Into the 21st Century : Biopolitical Technologies of Childhood Management and Education - Majia Holmer Nadesan

Governing Childhood Into the 21st Century

Biopolitical Technologies of Childhood Management and Education

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2010
ISBN: 9780230613218
Number Of Pages: 245

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Neoliberal logics of government shaping childhood today produce market-based frameworks for understanding childhood risks. In this timely work, Nadesan argues that these frameworks encourage affluent parents to pursue individualized technologies of the self to reduce risks posed to their children's future success. In contrast, neoliberal market frameworks regard lower-income children as "risky," and therefore deploy targeted disciplines aimed at reducing economic and biopolitical risks to the nation. "Risks" posed by poor children abroad derive from, and legitimize, a new U.S. security discourse that governs primarily through strategic containment and normalization, yet doesn't hesitate to employ repression. The current global economic crisis points to the limits and paradoxes of the neoliberal logics governing populations, presenting future "risks" for twenty-first century childhood.

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"Majia Holmer Nadesan's Governing Childhood into the 21st Century examines the biopolitical risks of children by a neoliberal individualized risk management regime to reveal the new vulnerabilities and dependencies of the poor under social welfare. This is a thoughtful, carefully-argued treatise that ought to become required reading for students of social policy and education." - Michael A. Peters, Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Introduction to Biopolitics, Risk and Childhood
A Genealogy of Family Life and Childhood Governance
Risk, Biopolitics, and Bioeconomics
Biopolitical Sorting Strategies: Comparing Social-Welfare and Neoliberal Problem-Solution Frames
Biopower, Security, and Development
Concluding Chapter on Children and the 21st Century: Risky Economies
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ISBN: 9780230613218
ISBN-10: 0230613217
Series: Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 27th April 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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