Framing childhood in the 21st century
We will discuss (in groups) three contemporary childhood discourses/practices, and connect them to concepts addressed in the readings (in blue below).
- Children’s healthy eating
Governing of bodies
Childhood normalizing practices
Power & resistance
- Nature schools/kindergarten/preschools
Childhood innocence / purity of childhood
Idealization of nature
Colonial nature/culture binaries
- Listening to children’s voices
Discourses maintaining western values
Impossibility of voice/free agency
Emotional work outside of humanist discourses
Following (or during) group discussions, we will write a collaborative document in Google Drive, and share our notes/thoughts on these concepts. This document will then be the inspiration for writing your blog after class.
We will do a summary of the ideas that we have discussed so far, focussing on CYC’s concept of self – specifically, is there a self? Might we refer to subject formation? What is subjectivity? Where does the idea of the self come from? Please bring your own questions about CYC’s concept of self.
5 minutes to check in with each other about seminars and assignments. Anything else we need to discuss? Please send comments.