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Bio-child: Human sciences and governing through freedom

McCallum, David (2012) Bio-child: Human sciences and governing through freedom. Journal of Sociology. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1440-7833

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Abstract

This article provides an account of the rise of a bio-politics of governing families and children in Australia and its relations with liberal political reason. Drawing on Foucault’s lectures on Security, Territory, Population it maps out the ways in which forms of liberal governing seek to define the nature and scope of norms and freedoms in a population through the practices of the human sciences. Bio-politics is shown to introduce new ways of calculating and intervening upon certain parts of the population and to create normalizing tensions with sovereign or judicial forms of governing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26486, child welfare, knowledge, law, power relations, sociology of law, dynamic nominalism, liberalism
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
SEO Classification > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work)
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 01:17
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 01:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22158
DOI: 10.1177/1440783312467092
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