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Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding


  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429870

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  • Who has the right to a safe and protected childhood? Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding deepens understanding of children as political capital in the hands of those in power, critically engaging children's voices alongside archival, historical, and ethnographic material in Palestine. Offering the concept of unchilding', Shalhoub-Kevorkian exposes the political work of violence designed to create, direct, govern, transform, and construct colonized children as dangerous, racialized others, enabling their eviction from the realm of childhood itself. Penetrating children's everyday intimate spaces and, simultaneously, their bodies and lives, unchilding works to enable a complex machinery of violence against Palestinian children: imprisonment, injuries, loss, trauma, and militarized political occupation. At the same time as the book documents violations of children's rights and the consequences this has for their present and future well-being, it charts children's resistance to and power to interrupt colonial violence, reclaiming childhood and, with it, Palestinian futures.

    • Draws on a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of racism, colonialism and settler colonialism
    • Exposes historical tactics of dispossession as well as current state and global regimes of dispossession
    • Challenges traditional theorization on childhood while offering the concept of unchilding as the authorized eviction of children from childhood
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429870
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Childhood as political capital
    2. Caging: from Lydda, 1948 to Hebron, 2018
    3. 'Our existence is upsetting them': gendered violence and unchilding in the Naqab
    4. 'They made my parents into prison guards': childhood, parenthood, and the carceral politics of home arrest
    5. Unbreakable: the intimacy of torture and the children of Gaza
    6. Children as political capital: unchilding and the incomplete death.

  • Author

    Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair of Law at the Faculty of Law, Institute of Criminology, and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Chair in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear (Cambridge, 2015).

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