Tag Archives: Pedagogy

Human Capital, Organic Capital, and the (Labor) Economy of Human Beings as a Race

We are accustomed to thinking of the concept of “human capital” as a product of the conditions of neoliberal labor, or the reinvestment of the economic thinking of neoliberal economists by the state and private sector since the 1970s. As I … Continue reading

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A Juvenile Species: Neoteny, Recapitulation and Childhood

Bergson’s method notwithstanding, I confess to rarely (that is, almost never) proceeding in my thinking from intuition. Chaotic, unconscious speculation followed by exhaustive rumination might be more apt (blame a scientisitc super ego?). In this case, though, I am making a brief … Continue reading

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Race, Education and Prison: Nostalgia and Genealogy 60 Years after Brown v Board

This past week marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education (1954) and the date was met with decidedly mixed feelings in the media sphere. In his presidential proclamation commemorating the decision, Barack Obama emphasizes that “we have confined … Continue reading

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The Unruliness of the Cyberbully

Courtesy of the wonderful folks who organized Theorizing the Web 2014 this past April in Brooklyn you can watch the recorded version of my paper below, an excerpt from one of my dissertation chapters, “The Unruliness of the Cyberbully: Governing … Continue reading

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The Value of the Future III: Foucault and the Child as Human Capital

In The Birth of Biopolitics Foucault turns to the child and childhood as his exemplar in diagramming the specific features of American neoliberalism.  What distinguishes American neoliberalism, according to Foucault, is its theory of human capital, a theory which permits “the … Continue reading

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2014: The Year of Political Masochism?

I began 2014 exhausted online. As I believe I tweeted at some point last year, 2013 was a year in which my lingering case of what the Public Feelings Group would call “political depression” lifted, mostly out of anger over … Continue reading

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The Child’s Technicity: Simondon’s Hybrid Technical Knowledge

The first paragraph of Gilbert Simondon’s Du mode d’existence des objets techniques (1958) effects a provocative transvaluation of Western thought.[1] Culture has be constituted in opposition to technics, as a form of protection of the human body from contamination by technology.  “The … Continue reading

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The Human is Not a Prosthetic Being

Much of my current work draws me toward various posthumanist endeavors that displace human consciousness, the subject, and the rational individual as the unquestioned unit of analysis of the humanities–the category for this kind of work on this blog is … Continue reading

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What are Little Kids Made of, in Theory?

Over the past six weeks of this serial essay I have taken up what I consider to be some of the most important conceptual frameworks through which to think the generation of children, particularly in relation to their adult others.  … Continue reading

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Childhood Blocks: Deleuze and Guattari’s Infant Affects

Introduction This project is really an essay about “adultomorphism,” a neat neologism I am borrowing from psychoanalyst Ken Corbett.[1]  Adultomorphism is what Deleuze and Guattari would call a “major” mode, a standard metric for the human, an order-word for the … Continue reading

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