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"Don’t enter- its dangerous": Negotiations for power and exclusion in preschool girls’ play interactions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (ELSIE)
Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, Örebro universitet.
2009 (English)In: Educational and Child Psychology, ISSN 0267-1611, Vol. 26, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Instead of focussing on the implications of children’s play for individual development, this study explores children’s play participation and their appropriation of cultural resources, as collective cultural productions. In short we are interested in the communicative competencies involved in the collective processes of social exclusion in girls’ play, and how these processes are part of children’s emerging peer culture and their place in the adult world. Data are drawn from ethnographic research in children’s peer groups in a preschool setting in Sweden. The approach taken combines ethnography with studies of talk-in-interaction. As demonstrated the girls in foci display complex communicative competencies (rejections of request for access, oppositions, ignorance, justifications, directives). In addition the girls creatively draw on cultural resources provided by the organization of the play activity (pretend characters, play-script, etc) to build social hierarchies, strengthen alignments of power, claim authoritative stances, casting some peer group members into more subordinate positions and excluding others. In so doing the girls creatively appropriate educational agendas and institutional rules of conduct, creating a locally shared peer culture, through appropriation and resistance, in the midst of play episodes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 26, no 2
Keyword [en]
preschool girls, play, situated activity, social exclusion, cultural learning, ethnography, talk-in-interaction
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98692OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98692DiVA: diva2:201019
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Mobbning som socialt samspel-Vetenskapsrådet
Available from: 2009-03-02 Created: 2009-03-02 Last updated: 2009-06-17Bibliographically approved

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