Awake, asleep, adult, child : an a-humanist account of persons
Lee, Nick, 1968-. (2008) Awake, asleep, adult, child : an a-humanist account of persons. Body & Society, Vol.14 (No.4). pp. 57-74. ISSN 1357-034XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1357034X08096895
Sleeping persons do not seem to be agents, to express identity or to give voice. On one view this means that social research on sleep would do best to focus on the social context of sleep rather than sleep `itself'. If the only analytic vocabulary at our disposal consists of abstractions that assume the existence of self-conscious, self-present individuals, this conclusion is probably correct. This article, however, builds on the work of some contemporary childhood researchers to offer an account of the `person' as an emergent property of distributed interactions between heterogeneous elements. The account is built through a discussion of `transitional objects' and `affects'. It is argued that this version of the 'person' could help social research to make sense of both sides of the awake/asleep threshold. The potential contribution of this approach to the emerging bio-politics of childhood and states of un/consciousness is discussed.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Actor-network theory, Affect (Psychology), Biopolitics, Children -- Sleep -- Social aspects, Infants -- Sleep -- Social aspects, Agent (Philosophy), Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Body & Society|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||December 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 57-74|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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