The contributors and editors of this volume begin from the assumption that the changes wrought by globalization compel us to reflect upon the status of the child and childhood at the end of the 20th century. Their essays consider what techniques and technologies are used to govern the child, what role the family plays, what is global and what is culturally specific in the changes, and how the subject is constructed and construed.
Kenneth Hultqvist and Gunilla Dahlberg are Lecturers at the Stockholm Institute of Education.
"Foucault writes that the aim of his work is 'to think differently, instead of legitimating what is already known.' Hultqvist and Dahlberg have brought together a set of international researchers who surely know what this means! The young will not be thought of conventionally and naturally again. Each chapter is a rare treat in an era of often-indiscriminate use of Foucault." -- Lynda Stone, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"I welcome this collection as an exciting range of essays addressing the discursive practices that make childhood and the figure of the child appear. This provocative work invites one into the detail of the shifting government of the child at a variety of sites and encourages a nuanced exploration of the cultural and political processes that surround and inform that government. A fresh and ambitious book!" -- Vikki Bell, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London
"This book is the first serious attempt to engage with the important changes in the ways in which children are understood and regulated as we enter a new millennium. This collection goes a long way in placing the study of childhood where it belongs-at the very heart of the analysis of the present." -- Nikolar Rose, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London