In Perpetual Motion: Theories of Power,Educational History,and the Child / Edition 1

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In Perpetual Motion is an "historical choreography" of power, pedagogy, and the child from the 1600s to the early 1900s. It breaks new ground by historicizing the analytics of power and motion that have interpenetrated renditions of the young. Through a detailed examination of the works of John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Herbart, and G. Stanley Hall, this book maps the discursive shifts through which the child was given a unique nature, inscribed in relation to reason, imbued with an effectible interiority, and subjected to theories of power and motion. The book illustrates how developmentalist visions took hold in U.S. public school debates. It documents how particular theories of power became submerged and taken for granted as essences inside the human subject. In Perpetual Motion studiously challenges views of power as in or of the gaze, tracing how different analytics of power have been used to theorize what gazing could notice.
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Baker (curriculum and instruction, U. of Wisconsin) explores the history of philosophical treatments of the idea of "the child" and relates it to the development of concepts of pedagogical theory. Primarily focusing on the works of John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Herbart, and G. Stanley Hall, she describes how the notion of "the child" was related to theories about reason, interiority, and power. Her analysis owes much of its theoretical base to the work of postmodern philosophers such as Foucault and Derrida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820448664
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Rethinking Childhood Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 649

Table of Contents

Introduction: Historical Choreography 1
Ch. 1 Power, Motion, and the Child 63
Ch. 2 "As Rational Creatures": The Lockean Child 117
Ch. 3 "From the Mother's Arms to the Marriage Bed": Rousseau's Child 219
Ch. 4 "Hope Sinks and Work Presses": Herbart's Child 331
Ch. 5 "The Consecrated Cross-eyed Bear": G. Stanley Hall and Child-study's Children 427
Ch. 6 Moving On? Power as an End in a Self That Never Ends 573
Works Cited 635
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