Feral Populations: Juvenile Delinquency and Antebellum Population Theory

Laura Soderberg

Washington College

Laura Soderberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Washington College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work centers on the intersections of childhood studies, disability, and critical race theory, and she is currently at work on a project about the role that narratives of childhood deviance played in defining the national population and in separating children of color, poor children, and disabled children into distinct and separate reproductive patterns. She has published her work in American Literature, and her writing can also be found in Social Text.


While the figure of the child is often understood as through the lens of liberal individualism, as a citizen-in-formation, this paper pushes for a different, earlier role for childhood as a figure of plurality and a... [ view full abstract ]


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P22 » Population in the Americas (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment A)

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