Foucault News

News and resources on French thinker Michel Foucault (1926-1984)

Kelly, S.
Securing Dangerous Children as Literate Subjects
(2016) Children Australia, pp. 1-10. Article in Press.

DOI: 10.1017/cha.2016.16

Abstract
This paper examines how the education of children as literate subjects in schools and community settings is implicated in the politics of securing civil society. Foucault’s concept of biopolitics is used to consider how young people are produced as securitised subjects. The emergence of the concept of human security as a technology for measuring human development is problematised using Bacchi’s methodology. The analysis uses the Northern Territory intervention to question representations of young people as subjects of danger and as potentially dangerous subjects. This paper argues that the use of literacy by the apparatus of state and non-state governmentalities functions as a technology of risk mitigation and biopolitical government: a way of contingently positioning the freedoms of children as subjects to forms of rule. The paper concludes by suggesting that literacy has been deployed as a techne of an authoritarian form of liberalism in which the power to delimit entangles children in biopolitical strategies and sovereign intervention. Copyright © The Author(s) 2016

Author Keywords
biopolitics; children; civil society; literacy; security

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: