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Refiguring childhoodEncounters with biosocial power$
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Kevin Ryan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526148612

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526148629

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Introduction: biosocial power and normative fictions

Introduction: biosocial power and normative fictions

(p.1) 1 Introduction: biosocial power and normative fictions
(p.iii) Refiguring childhood

Kevin Ryan

Manchester University Press

Chapter 1 locates the book within the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies. It provides an initial outline of biosocial power and opens out the question of how childhood has been, and continues to be, figured in the form of normative fictions. Biosocial power is presented as a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics, which operates at the threshold of zoē (bare life) and bios (properly political life). Normative fictions are figurations of power/knowledge that enclose ways of seeing, thinking and doing while foreclosing upon or subduing other possible worlds. The chapter brings these core concepts together through the use of examples from film and philosophy, and it concludes with a short overview of the book as a whole.

Keywords:   Biosocial power, Biopolitics, Childhood studies, Normative fictions

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