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Governing Childhood into the 21st Century

Biopolitical Technologies of Childhood Management and Education

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Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Majia Holmer Nadesan
    Pages 1-18
  3. Majia Holmer Nadesan
    Pages 19-62
  4. Majia Holmer Nadesan
    Pages 63-110
  5. Majia Holmer Nadesan
    Pages 153-178
  6. Majia Holmer Nadesan
    Pages 179-200
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-245

About this book


Neoliberal logics of government shaping childhood today produce market-based frameworks for understanding childhood risks. In this timely work, Nadesan argues that these frameworks encourage affluent parents to pursue individualized technologies of the self to reduce risks posed to their children's future success.


childhood children education

About the authors

MAJIA HOLMER NADESAN is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Majia Holmer Nadesan's Governing Childhood into the 21st Century examines the biopolitical risks of children by a neoliberal individualized risk management regime to reveal the new vulnerabilities and dependencies of the poor under social welfare. This is a thoughtful, carefully-argued treatise that ought to become required reading for students of social policy and education." - Michael A. Peters, Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign