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ERIC Number: EJ764710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
The Responsibility Dance: Creating Neoliberal Children
Cradock, Gerald
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v14 n2 p153-172 2007
Governmentality scholars conceive freedom as characterized by individuals' self-governance through responsible and prudent subjectivities. However, scholars have paid little attention to children and whether childhood subjectivities are equally subject to the neoliberal expectation of responsible self-governance. This article analyses two Canadian juridical examples of the perceived relationship between government, foster families and foster children. It shows the perception of children as free--understood as rights-bearers--is undermined through a conception of children as family members. Children are shown to have no direct relationship with government due to juridical assertions that only families can turn children into (self-) responsible citizens. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada