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Title: Alter-Childhoods: Biopolitics and Childhoods in Alternative Education Spaces
Authors: Kraftl, Peter
First Published: 14-Nov-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2015, 105 (1), pp. 219-237
Abstract: In this article, I consider “alter-childhoods”: explicit attempts to imagine, construct, talk about, and put into practice childhoods that differ from perceived mainstreams. I critically examine alter-childhoods at fifty-nine alternative education spaces in the United Kingdom. I analyze alternative education spaces through the lens of biopolitics, developing nascent work in children's geographies and childhood studies around hybridity and biopower. I focus on two key themes: materialities and (non)human bodies; intimacy, love, and the human scale. Throughout the analysis, I offer a limited endorsement of the concept of alter-childhoods. Although there exist many attempts to construct childhoods differently, the “alternative” nature of those childhoods is always muddied, complicated, and dynamic. Thus, the concept of alter-childhoods is useful for examining the biopolitics of childhood and for children's geographers more generally—but only when considered as a critical tool and questioning device.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00045608.2014.962969
ISSN: 0004-5608
eISSN: 1467-8306
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Association of American Geographers. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Annals of the Association of American Geographers on 14 November 2014, available online:
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