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- DescriptionTracing the complex yet intimate relationship between a present-day national obsession with childhood and a colonial past with which Australia as a nation has t adequately come to terms, Young and Free draws on philosophy, literature, film and testimony. The result is a demonstration of how anxiety about childhood has become a screen for more fundamental and intractable issues that vex Australian social and political life. Joanne Faulkner argues that by interpreting these anxieties in their relation to settler-colonial Australia's unresolved conflict with Aboriginal people, new ways of conceiving of Australian community may be opened. The book engages with philosophical and literary characterizations of childhood, from Locke and Rousseau, to Freud, Bergson, Benjamin Agamben, Lacan, Ranciere and Halbwachs. The author's psychoanalytic approach is supplemented by an engagement with contemporary political philosophy that informs Faulkner's critique of the concepts of the subject, sovereignty and kwledge, resulting in a speculative postcolonial model of the subject.
- Author BiographyJoanne Faulkner is Lecturer in Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales.
- Author(s)Joanne Faulkner
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield International
- Date of Publication03/05/2016
- Series TitleContinental Philosophy in Austral-Asia
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield International
- Weight376 g
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine18 mm
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