Historical Constructions of Childhood: Rough Agenda


Here is my plan for tomorrow’s class.  Please comment if you have other ideas.

  • We probably won’t have time to watch Veronica Stong-Boag’s lecture on Parents of Canada’s Foster Children.  You might want to watch it yourself – particularly if you are doing research with foster children.
  • I’d like to try some small group discussions around two ideas:
    • How are child & youth care’s values/principles/ethics connected to the historical trajectories that the authors trace?
    • Select a specific practice (e.g., developmentally appropriate practice- DAP), and try to map its geneology.  Feel free to bring your computer etc to do research in class.  You might ask questions such as: What views of children/youth/families does this [practice] reveal? How have these views emerged?  What social/economic/political shifts are linked to [this practice]?What tensions can be identified within [this practice]? What do [practices] intend to resolve at a social/cultural/political level? What meta-narratives run through [this practice]? How are those interrelated? How are diverse groups positioned differently in relation to these practices? What issues come up in [this practice], and what issues are absent? To what values does [this practice] commit itself? How do those values emerge in [the practice]?  What is the logic of [this practice]? What contradictions are present? How does [this practice] circulate?  What are some of the discourses and power/knowledge relations that have come together in different spaces (including, for example, schools, child care centres, neighbourhoods, community centres, hospitals) to allow this practice?
  • Should we leave some time to help each other to organize our blogs?
  • We will address your questions about assignments at the end of class
  • Anything else??