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Silcock, M., Payne, D., Hocking, C.
Governmentality within Children’s Technological Play: Findings from a Critical Discourse Analysis
(2016) Children and Society, 30 (2), pp. 85-95.

DOI: 10.1111/chso.12123

Abstract
In many countries today, digital technology and instant communication are embedded in children’s everyday lives to the extent that their play frequently incorporates smartphones, the Internet and other technologies. In this paper, we explore the recent historical conditions within the New Zealand context that have increased the accessibility of these technologies and imbued them with particular meanings. We suggest that from a Foucauldian perspective, these technologies can be seen as a form of subtle disciplinary power using techniques of governmentality through which children’s ways of thinking are shaped to benefit societal requirements of the current historical era. © 2016 National Children’s Bureau.

Author Keywords
Children; Foucault; Governmentality; Play; Technology

2 thoughts on “Governmentality within Children’s Technological Play: Findings from a Critical Discourse Analysis (2016)

  1. Dalal Hamdan says:

    How can i get this artclie.thank you

    1. Clare O'Farrell says:

      Dalal, are you located in a university? If so, you could contact the library and see if you can access it via their databases and portals. If not, I would suggest contacting the authors to see if they could send you a copy.

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