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Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies : Applying Post-Structural Ideas - Glenda McNaughton

Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies

Applying Post-Structural Ideas

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Published: 28th April 2005
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This book draws on a broad range of poststructural and postcolonial thinkers, and pays particular attention to the intersections of race, class and gender. Within this theoretical framework, it shows the important contribution that Foucault and other poststructural theorists can make to research and practice in early childhood, as well as considering future directions that this application might take. The book uses research-based case studies, drawn from different countries, of practitioners and their work with children and parents. These show how researchers (including practitioners) have brought poststructuralisms into the classroom and used them strategically to reconstruct knowledge-power relationships in classroom practices and relationships. Five strategies of reconstruction are
emphasised in these case studies:
* Creating points of resistance to traditional early childhood discourses
* Reconstructing pedagogical knowledges and practices and relationships
* Privileging social justice and equity intents in practices and relationships
* Attending to cultural relations and practices of gender, race and class
* Producing new forms of collaboration between practitioners, children, the academy, parents and local community.
The book will be of interest to trainers, researchers and practitioners who are seeking to develop an understanding of poststructural thinkers and their potential contribution as an important perspective on early childhood.

'Provides much interesting and thought provoking reading.' - Early Years

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: beyond quality, towards activismp. 1
Journeys to activism: becoming poststructurally reflective about truthp. 19
Confronting a 'will to truth': troubling truths of the child poststructurallyp. 42
Mapping classroom meanings: engaging the tactics of deconstruction locallyp. 75
Deliberately practising for freedom: tactics of rhizoanalysisp. 119
Seeking the 'Otherwise': re-meeting relations of 'race' in early childhood classroom historiesp. 146
Imagining professional learning for a change: becoming again in critically knowing communitiesp. 188
Research project summariesp. 214
Bibliographyp. 218
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ISBN: 9780415321006
ISBN-10: 041532100X
Series: Contesting Early Childhood
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th April 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1