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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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Refiguring childhood

Refiguring childhood

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Refiguring childhood

Kevin Ryan

Manchester University Press

Chapter 9 poses the following question: might a natality-enhancing biopolitics somehow exist; a life-affirming biopolitics that doesn’t use children as raw material to prefigure contingent and contestable visions of the future? Using Hannah Arendt’s thoughts on ‘natality’, and bringing this into conversation with Deleuze and Guattari’s idea of ‘becoming-child’, and also Miguel Vatter’s work on ‘positive’ biopolitics, this concluding chapter reflects on what it might look like to refigure childhood as a way of reconfiguring biosocial power.

Keywords:   Affirmative biopolitics, Arendt, Becoming-child, Natality

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