Complex spaces of orphan care – a Russian therapeutic children's community

Disney, Tom (2015) Complex spaces of orphan care – a Russian therapeutic children's community. Children's Geographies, 13 (1). pp. 30-43. ISSN 1473-3285

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Institutions of orphan care are immensely complex spaces imbued with social and cultural norms, and can exhibit intricate power relations and particularly severe examples of surveillance. While there have been numerous excellent quantitative studies of these institutions, they reveal little of the complexity and heterogeneity of the spaces, and there remains a need for more qualitative and particularly ethnographic studies of spaces of orphan care to reveal their nuances. Drawing upon the author's reflections on a highly unusual space of orphan care, this article makes two major contributions to Children's Geographies: (1) it employs a sorely neglected aspect of Foucault's work in Children's Geographies, Mettray, in analysing surveillance and discipline in an institution providing care to orphaned children and (2) It highlights the heterogeneity of these spaces and provides an example of best practice in spaces of orphan care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: orphan, Foucault, Mettray, Russia, care, Children's Geographies
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tom Disney
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 16:14
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:51

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