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Refiguring childhood: Encounters with biosocial power

Kevin Ryan


Refiguring childhood stages a series of encounters with biosocial power, which is a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics. Assembled at the intersection of thought and practice, biosocial power attempts to bring envisioned futures into the present, taking hold of life in the form of childhood, thereby bridging being and becoming while also shaping the power relations that encapsulate the social and cultural world(s) of adults and children. Taking up a critical perspective which is attentive to the contingency of childhoods – the ways in which ... More

Keywords: Biopower, Biopolitics, Biosocial power, Childhood, Disadvantage, Enterprise culture, Natality, Neoliberalism, Neuroliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526148612
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526148629


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Ryan, author
National University of Ireland