Childhood and Biopolitics: Climate Change, Life Processes and Human Futures

Hardcover | November 13, 2013

byNicholas Lee

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Will the future be a climate disaster? Will biotechnologies bring huge improvements in lifespan and lifestyle? Predictions vary, but children's status as human embodiments of the future puts them at the centre of current attempts to shape the world. In this book, Nicholas Lee argues that, if it can adapt, the discipline of childhood studies can make a critical and creative contribution to future making.

Childhood and Biopolitics develops new ways to navigate and analyse childhood as a biopolitical phenomenon that is intimately connected with today's major political and scientific challenges. It addresses cognitive enhancement and mental capital, preventable disease and vaccine development, epidemics, public order, climate change and sustainability. It argues that children should be seen as a reservoir of the creative human ability to 'reframe' and so to respond to challenges and opportunities.

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Will the future be a climate disaster? Will biotechnologies bring huge improvements in lifespan and lifestyle? Predictions vary, but children's status as human embodiments of the future puts them at the centre of current attempts to shape the world. In this book, Nicholas Lee argues that, if it can adapt, the discipline of childhood st...

Nicholas Lee is Associate Professor of Childhood at Warwick University, UK. He has previously published Childhood and Human Value: Development, Separation and Separability and Childhood and Society: Growing Up in an Age of Uncertainty.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 11.12 × 5.7 × 0.43 inPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230252273

ISBN - 13:9780230252271

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Table of Contents

1. Children as Human Futures: Children as Lifeforms
2. Childhood and Biopolitics: Life, Voice, Resource
3. Childhood and Biosocial Imaginations
4. Childhood and Mental Capital
5. Childhood, Vaccination and Philanthrocapitalism
6. Childhood, Climate Change and Human Agency
7. Children's Roles in Responses to Climate Change
8. Conclusion