Biopolitics and boredom in the waiting room. On the power of being bored in the context of preventive family support

Schildermans, Hans and Vlieghe, Joris (2016) Biopolitics and boredom in the waiting room. On the power of being bored in the context of preventive family support. Critical Studies in Education. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1750-8487

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Abstract

In this article, we take a concrete case study as a starting point for a reflection on preventive family support. More specifically, we conducted a fieldwork in the setting of a waiting room of a child care consultation office for parents with young children. The writings of the philosopher Giorgio Agamben allowed us to come to an alternative understanding of both the room as such, and the behaviors of adults and children in this room. This article can be read as the result of an experiment with fieldwork in philosophy of education: an attempt to enrich Agamben’s philosophical account of biopolitics with an everyday example, as well as an attempt to reread what actually happens in the case we have studied from an Agambenian perspective.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in the Criitical Studies in Education [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Critical Studies in Education is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17508487.2016.1197841."
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Joris Vlieghe
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 13:52
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 13:52
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1539

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