[URBANTH-L]panel proposal AAA '07 "Children and Governmentality"
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Thu Feb 15 12:38:41 EST 2007
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Governing Children, Producing Citizens
Proposed CAE Panel for the AAA Annual Meeting, Nov 28-Dec 2, 2007,
In the past several years, Foucault’s work on governmentality has
been enormously productive across the social sciences.
Anthropologists in particular have begun to link ethnographic
observations and methods to Foucault’s theories, adding a rich body
of data from around the world that explores how Foucault’s concepts
help us understand social practices.
With a few notable exceptions, however, relatively little research
in education or the growing field of the anthropology of children has
been influenced by this body of theory. Yet this is an especially
fertile area for research and theorizing, for schools are a central
institution for producing citizen-subjects, while practices and
ideologies around children are central to the rationalities and
techniques of government around the world.
This panel seeks to bring together a critical mass of scholars who
bring a Foucauldian perspective to bear on research on children,
classrooms, and schools, arguing that these are privileged sites for
explicating and extending the concept of governmentality as a
particularly modern form of power. How are children constituted as
subjects of government? What technologies are brought to bear on
children to produce them as appropriate subjects? What kinds of
state (and other) rationalities conceptualize children, schools and
education as sites of governance? How are children learning "the
conduct of conduct"?
Current panelists engage with these questions in the context of
Latin America, East Africa, and China. We seek additional panelists
who examine diverse settings and processes to understand how children
become citizen-subjects. If interested, please send a 250 word
abstract by Feb 28th to Terry Woronov (tworonov at email.arizona.edu).
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