Reproduction/Non-reproduction --Natasha Hurley This essay proceeds from two assumptions: first, that "reproduction" is a persistent but insufficiently recognized concept in scholarship in the field of childhood studies, and second, that "nonreproduction" is the repository of reproduction's negativity, which deserves its own conceptual development in the field. Both reproduction and nonreproduction are necessary concepts for childhood studies: the first must be recognized as such, rather than taken for granted, while the second must be advocated as a viable site of thought. In the pages that follow, my goal is to offer some preliminary theses on non-reproduction as a concept for opening up our thinking about childhood. These theses appear in the final section of the essay. Along the way to that concluding section, I sketch some of the ways in which reproduction and non-reproduction structure our thinking already within and beyond childhood studies. Ultimately, I suggest that we position nonreproduction not simply against but also within and beside reproduction in an effort to map new avenues of thought and new sites of inquiry for the field. Origin Stories The organizers of this panel invited participants to "question and interrogate familiar keywords used in the study of cultures of childhood
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures – University of Winnipeg
Published: Feb 28, 2015
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