Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies

Applying Post-Structural Ideas

By Glenda Mac Naughton

© 2004 – Routledge

256 pages

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About the Book

The theories and analyses of post-structural thinkers such as Michel Foucault can seem a long way from practice in early childhood services. In recent years, however, many early childhood researchers and practitioners have found this work important and this fascinating book brings together a range of research and case-studies showing how teachers and researchers have brought post-structuralism to the classroom. The book covers such issues as:

  • becoming post-structurally reflective about truth
  • mapping classroom meanings
  • tactics of rhizoanalysis
  • becoming again in critically-knowing communities.

Case-studies and examples taken from real situations are used and will be of interest to anyone studying or researching early childhood practice and policy.

Reviews

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

Table of Contents

1. Journeys to activism: becoming poststructurally reflective about truth 2. Confronting a 'will to truth': troubling truths of the child poststructurally 3. Mapping classroom meanings: engaging the tactics of deconstruction locally 4. Deliberately practicing for freedom: tactics of rhizoanalysis 5. Seeking the 'Otherwise': re-meeting relations of 'race' in early childhood classroom histories 6. Imagining professional learning for a change: becoming again in critically knowing communities

About the Author

Glenda Mac Naughton is Associate Professor in Early Childhood and Director of the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, Faculty of Education, the University of Melbourne.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU023000
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDU037000
EDUCATION / Research