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Preschool girls as rule breakers: Negotiating moral orders of justice and fairness.
Göteborgs universitet. (Clip)
Göteborgs Universitet. (CLIP)
2016 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This study examines how preschool-girls organize situated board games. Examining video data, using an ethnomethodological approach, the study focuses moral work-in-interaction in instances where the girls negotiate rule violations.  It was found that the girls oriented to diverse forms of moral orders, shifting between a competitive/justice-based order and a socio-moral order of reciprocal relations. Argumentative moves of cheating were used as communicative resources both to control moral transgressions and to gain personal advantages. Overall, the analysis shows that preschool girls are active moral agents in making and breaking rules and in negotiating complex moral orders. 

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Preschool girls, board games, moral work-in-interaction, rule violations, moral orders, children´s peer relations, legal debates, ethnomethodology
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293641DiVA: diva2:928100
Available from: 2016-05-14 Created: 2016-05-14 Last updated: 2016-05-14

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