After Beslan: childhood, complexity and risk
Jenks, Chris and Smith, John A. (2008) After Beslan: childhood, complexity and risk. The British Journal of Sociology, 59 (3). pp. 501-518. ISSN 0007-1315 (Print), 1468-4446 (Online)Full text not available from this repository.
This paper addresses the events at Beslan as a crisis point at which the postmodern celebration of difference spills into unbearable chaos. However this chaos turns out to show specific, dynamic or complex, self-organizing structures. Such dynamics, instead of obeying 'normal' ranges exhibit widely different scales of magnitude and intensity. Central to these interactions is the formation, however loose or opportunistic, of identities that also produce others: the formation of micro-ethnicities that state how the 'other' or out-group can be treated, mistreated or 'deconstructed'. At Beslan, this reaches a point of crisis which is both localized and universally challenging: it poses the problem of intolerability to a notion of democratic community and an epistemology premised on, and promising, pluralistic tolerance. The outcome is a realignment of sociology and the sociology of childhood along the axes of a model of human ecology.
|Additional Information:|| The British Journal of Sociology is published on behalf of the London School of Economics and Political Science.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||complexity, sociology of childhood, risk, ecology, non-linear causality, Beslan|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
L Education > L Education (General)
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Education|
School of Education > Department of Education & Community Studies
|Last Modified:||06 Jun 2012 17:34|
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