Childhood and "Othering"
Returning Agency, Reclaiming Responsibility
Sociology 111: Family & Sociology
T. K. Robinson, Instructor
Copyright © 2000 B. A. Collie Collier
You are asked to consider writing a few sentences for the
dustjacket of an author's new book on families and society. In order to
select your choice phrases, you are given an essay before it was
transformed into a book chapter to review (you can treat any of the
essays we've read in this fashion). While you are given a two sentence
dustjacket limit, you decide to write a full review from which you
situation the author's position/intervention within a field of work on
childhood, family, and the media which you'll edit down later (i.e.
compare with at least one other author).
"Fluid Families: The Role of Children in Custody
Arrangements" by Elise L. E. Robinson, Hilde Lindemann Nelson, &
James Lindemann Nelson
"Domestic Subversions and Children's Sexuality"
from Race & the Education of Desire by Ann Laura
The dustjacket review:
The hypothesis put forward by Robinson et al. in their
article "Fluid Families" is a valuable addition to the current social
discourse on family and childhood, challenging us to return agency to
children as self-aware moral agents within the parameters of individual
normative competence, and to avoid manipulation of the rubric of
childhood to further socio-political ends. It suggests intriguing new
possibilities for potential family structures based on individual needs,
and encourages public discussion of what exactly families are and what
they should be.
Last Updated: Fri Apr 21 2000