Brain-targeted teaching and the biopolitical child

Jessica Pykett*, Tom Disney

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recent debates within the field of geographies of children and young people have highlighted the political tensions associated with the use of particular forms of knowledge about the body, brain, and behavior in the practices of governing “life itself”. This chapter offers an introduction to these debates. It uses the emergence of educational and social policies directed at children’s brains and influenced by neuroscientific knowledge to illustrate some of the geographical issues at stake in the making up of the biopolitical child

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitics, citizenship and rights
EditorsKirsi Pauliina Kallio, Sarah Mills, Tracey Skelton
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789814585576
ISBN (Print)9789814585569
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameGeographies of children and young people


  • Behavior
  • Biopolitics
  • Biosocial
  • Brains
  • Context
  • Emotions
  • Neuroeducation
  • Neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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