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Lecture 11

HUMA 1970 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Human Body, Qualitative Property, Ethnocentrism

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HUMA 1970

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Childhood: a sociocultural approach
Approaching childhood socioculturally
1. Identify aspects of sociocultural approach to childhood
a. Investigate the relationship between structure and agency
b. Explore the theoretical perspectives and developments following the “new
2. Explore aspects of methodology in childhood studies (How is knowledge about
childhood produced?)
3. Feedback on autoethnographies and writing
Bodies (after the new paradigm)
Human body as both socially and biologically unfinished
Reciprocal and symbiotic relationship between the body and society:
Human body constrains and enables social cultural relations but is at the same time
constrained and shaped by them
Humans as “constitutionally unfinished” and entering into new relations and alliances
with each other, things and animals
“Assemblages” offers a model of think of human life that takes into account the various
borrowings through which our existence is mediated
How is knowledge about childhood produced? - methodology of child-focused research and
research with children and young people
Producing knowledge about children
“The practices in which we are produced as subjects from birth to death and the ways in
which they produce our subjectivity as both being and becoming, always in relation,
always at once interior and exterior, provide us with a different way of studying and
understanding the any and varied childhoods in their local variants and global forms”
Types of data
Consists of numbers representing counts, rankings or measurements
Comes from variety of sources, such as governments and large corporations, or
can be generated by researchers using surveys and experiments
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