The Government of Childhood

Discourse, Power and Subjectivity

  • Karen M. Smith

Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 204-256

About this book


Grounded in the Foucauldian literature on governmentality and drawing on a broad range of disciplines, this book examines the government of childhood in the West from the early modern period to the present. The book deals with three key time-periods and examines shifts in the conceptualization and regulation of childhood and child-rearing.


Childhood governmentality discipline pastoral power original sin stoicism epicureanism Hobbes Rousseau child childhood freedom government liberty

Authors and affiliations

  • Karen M. Smith
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  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyIreland

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