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Early Childhood Subjectivities, Inequities, and Imaginative Play

Rosen, Rachel (2015) Early Childhood Subjectivities, Inequities, and Imaginative Play. In: Geographies of Identities and Subjectivities. Springer, Singapore. (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter provides a review of scholarship which considers play as a site where children’s subjectivities are lived and negotiated. Focusing on research about young children in early childhood settings in advanced capitalist Scandinav ian and Anglophone countries, the chapter highlights the connection between class, race, gender, and generational subjectivities made in and through play and their relationship to broader social inequities. Key premises of this scholarship are discussed incl uding the recognition that play is not a natural, imitative, or trivial act, but a site and means by which children, even the very young, make subjectivities, socio-spatial relations, and social orders. The chapter also explores the geographies of play subjectivities, attending to the generationing of play spaces, the significance of boundaries and territories for socio-spatial relations, and play’s embodied and inter-corporeal characteristics. Debates within the literature are discussed including the extent to which play can be viewed as a decisive site of children’s agency as opposed to a highly constrained site of action and the degree to which play reproduces relations of domination or can be understood as emancipatory.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: early childhood, imaginative play, embodiment, ineq uities, boundaries, generation
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 14:52
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2015 14:52
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