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Orphan love in the age of capital

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      As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, who is to be served by institutions of care and to what ends becomes a pressing matter of concern. Foucault has suggested that the capitalist regime of rule in the twentieth century deployed residential settings as disciplinary apparatuses for shaping subjects to its colonial and industrial interests. However, in the twenty-first century, Deleuze has proposed that it is no longer discipline that is of primary concern for capitalism, but control through an ever-proliferating system of abstract code. It is within this context that terms, such as care within institutional residential encounters, open themselves to the necessity of interrogation. This paper will argue that residential care is a field of encounter saturated with a complex and intricate array of affects. If the rule of capitalism is designed to abstract lived experience, then any affirmation of the corporeal experience of encounter as lived experience might well constitute an alternative affirmation of life and hence a revolutionary set of possibilities. This paper will argue that it is love as creative desire that holds the most powerful possibilities for affirming the lived encounter to be found in residential care.

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            Kennesaw State University
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            Hans Skott-Myhre is a Professor in the Social Work and Human Services Department at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of Youth Subcultures as Creative Force: Creating New Spaces for Radical Youth Work, co-author with Chris Richardson of Habitus of the Hood, co-editor with K. Gharabaghi and M. Krueger of With Children and Youth and with co-editors V. Pacini-Ketchabaw and K Skott-Myhre, Youth work, Early Education and Psychology: Liminal Encounters. He has published multiple articles, reviews and book chapters.

            Kathleen S.G. Skott-Myhre is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at the University of West Georgia. She is the author of Feminist Spirituality under Capitalism: Witches, Fairies and Nomads as well as the co-author of Writing the Family: Women, Auto-ethnography, and Family Work. She is co-editor with V. Pacini-Ketchabaw and H.A. Skott-Myhre of Youth work, Early Education and Psychology: Liminal Encounters. She has published multiple articles, reviews and book chapters.

            Scott Kouri is a PhD student and sessional instructor at the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria. He works as a depth psychotherapist with youth and young adults focusing on Empire as a context for therapy. Foregrounding affective, political and experimental writing, he has co-authored numerous papers including Risking Attachments in Teaching Child and Youth Care in 21 st Century Settler Colonial, Environmental and Biotechnological Worlds ; Street Analysis: How we come together and Apart in Peer Youth-Work Supervision; and with H.A. Skott-Myhre Catastrophe: A Transversal Mapping of Colonialism and Settler Subjectivity.

            Jeff M.A. works as a counsellor/music therapist in private practice and with youth and family substance use and mental health services. He has fifteen years of experience working in diverse settings (forensic psychiatric hospital, HIV/AIDS day-centre, long-term care, conservatory of music, wilderness, emergency shelters, street outreach, jiu jitsu club, youth clinic).

            International Journal of Social Pedagogy
            UCL Press (UK )
            1 December 2016
            : 5
            : 1
            : 51-70
            Skott-Myhre, H., Skott-Myhre, S.G., Kouri, S. & Smith, J. (2016). Orphan love in the age of capital. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]

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