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Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood

An Introduction for Students and Practitioners, 1st Edition

By Peter Moss


192 pages

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Challenging dominant discourses in the field of early childhood education, this book provides an accessible introduction to some of the alternative narratives and diverse perspectives that are increasingly to be heard in this field, as well as discussing the importance of paradigm, politics and ethics.

Peter Moss draws on material published in the groundbreaking Contesting Early Childhood series to introduce readers to thinking that questions the mainstream approach to early childhood education and to offer rich examples to illustrate how this thinking is being put to work in practice. Key topics addressed include:

  • dominant discourses in today’s early childhood education – and what is meant by ‘dominant discourse’
  • why politics and ethics are the starting points for early childhood education

  • Reggio Emilia as an example of an alternative narrative

  • the relevance to early childhood education of thinkers such as Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze and of theoretical positions such as posthumanism.

An enlightening read for students and practitioners, as well as policymakers, academics and parents, this book is intended for anyone who wants to think more about early childhood education and delve deeper into new perspectives and debates in this field.

Table of Contents


Chapter one: Dominant discourses, alternative narratives and resistance movements

Chapter two: The importance of paradigm

Chapter three: Politics and ethics as first practice

Chapter four: Reggio Emilia: a story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality

Chapter five: Michel Foucault: power, knowledge and truth

Chapter six: Gilles Deleuze: though, movement and (more) experimentation

Chapter seven: Posthumanism, the posthuman child and intra-active pedagogy

Chapter eight: What next?


About the Author

Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

About the Series

Contesting Early Childhood

This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.

The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.

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