ERIC Number: EJ920630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
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Reference Count: 49
The Modern Construction of Childhood: What Does It Do to the Paradox of Modernity?
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v30 n3 p241-256 May 2011
The examination of the modern construction of subject is not over yet. Although many thinkers have exhausted its conceptual ambiguities and practical consequences, its impact is far from fully understood without an analysis of the construction of childhood for the future subject. In this essay, I problematize five constructions of childhood that emerged in the modern time and scrutinize the impasses of logic or conceptual ambiguities within, along with the practical consequences thereof. I explore how the modern construction of childhood is problematic in and of itself, as well as the light it sheds on the deeply embedded ambiguities and aporia (Wagner in "A sociology of modernity: liberty and discipline." Routledge, New York "1994"; Zhao in "Educ Theory" 57(1):75-88 "2007") in the construction of the modern subject. This paper will untangle the problems associated with each of these constructs and their respective implications for the making of the modern subject.
Descriptors: Children, Epistemology, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Child Development, Child Rearing
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