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Producing Governable Subjects: Images of Childhood Old and New
Smith, Karen
Conceptions of childhood in terms of ‘evil’ and ‘innocence’ transcend time and culture. These conflicting images are deployed by Chris Jenks as the Dionysian and Apollonian models of childhood to symbolize external and internal forms of control. Drawing on the literature on governmentality this paper revisits these models and introduces a third model, the ‘Athenian’ child, analogous and supplementary to those developed by Jenks. This model is necessary in order to take account of relatively recent strategies in the government of childhood, which, predicated on understandings of children in terms of competence and agency, operate via responsibility and reflexivity.
Keyword(s): childhood; governmentality; subjectivity; discourse; innocence; Sociology
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Contributor(s): National Children's Strategy Research Fellowship
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Articles
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2015-04-01 05:53:19 Last Updated: 2017-12-14 07:09:38