By K. Lesnik-Oberstein
Young children in tradition, Revisited follows on from the 1st quantity, young children in tradition, and consists of a number chapters, newly written for this assortment, which supply additional absolutely inter- and multidisciplinary concerns of adolescence as a culturally and traditionally developed identification instead of a relentless psycho-biological entity.
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Much could be made of this linkage between human and specifically gendered positioning (not least in terms of the history of artificial intelligence and the Turing test22). indd 24 5/18/2011 4:03:40 PM 25 For now though, two points demand comment. First, given the address to mothers coded by the product – washing powder – there is doubtless also some misogyny to consider, along with the devaluation of the feminized domestic space as a developmental arena. The boy as robot is thus doubly estranged from his supposedly intrinsic (‘right to’) childhood, with the robot polysemically also invoking scenarios of authoritarian subjection (as automaton), implicitly via maternal domination.
Significantly, this presumes that (unlike most remembered childhoods) these memories are positive, precisely through the frame equating childhood with nostalgia. This – within prevailing discourses of memory – thereby excludes or marginalizes traumatic memories which do not lend themselves to such narrative encoding, in part perhaps precisely by virtue of their departure from these conventional stories of ‘happy childhoods’. But there is a further move which returns the discourse to the pedagogical/developmental mode.
Is no more childcentred than the ‘Jack’ story, but is much more explicitly pedagogical in its address to parents/ mothers. The expertise lies firmly with the professionals. indd 26 5/18/2011 4:03:40 PM 27 invoked within representations of childhood, my final text for analysis mobilizes these explicitly. e. during prime time summer holidays), when the mass circulation TV listing magazine What’s On TV included a free eight page leaflet launching Persil’s ‘Every child has the right’ campaign called What’s [Not] On TV.