Contesting Early Childhood

Series Editors: PETER MOSS, Gunilla Dahlberg

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.

  • The Posthuman Child

    Educational transformation through philosophy with picturebooks

    By Karin Murris

    The Posthuman Child combats institutionalised ageist practices in primary, early childhood and teacher education. Grounded in a critical posthumanist perspective on the purpose of education, it provides a genealogy of psychology, sociology and philosophy of childhood in which dominant figurations…

    Paperback – 2016-03-31 
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  • Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia

    A selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993

    Edited by Paola Cagliari, Marina Castagnetti, Claudia Giudici, Carlina Rinaldi, Vea Vecchi, Peter Moss

    Loris Malaguzzi was one of the most important figures in 20th century early childhood education, achieving world-wide recognition for his educational ideas and his role in the creation of municipal schools for young children in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, the most successful example ever of…

    Paperback – 2016-02-11 
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  • Listening to Children

    Being and becoming

    By Bronwyn Davies

    Through a series of exquisite encounters with children, and through a lucid opening up of new aspects of poststructuralist theorizing, Bronwyn Davies opens up new ways of thinking about, and intra-acting with, children. This book carefully guides the reader through a wave of thought that turns the…

    Paperback – 2014-05-30
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  • Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education

    A story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality

    By Peter Moss

    Early childhood education and care is a major policy issue for national governments and international organisations. This book contests two stories, both infused by neoliberal thinking, that dominate early childhood policy making today - ‘the story of quality and high returns’ and ‘the story of…

    Paperback – 2014-04-16
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  • Young Children Becoming Curriculum

    Deleuze, Te Whariki and curricular understandings

    By Marg Sellers

    This book contests a tradition and convention in educational thinking that dichotomises children and curriculum, by developing the notion of re(con)ceiving children in curriculum. By presenting an innovative research project, in which she worked with children to share their understandings of the…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood

    By Affrica Taylor

    In this fascinating new book, Affrica Taylor encourages an exciting paradigmatic shift in the ways in which childhood and nature are conceived and pedagogically deployed, and invites readers to critically reassess the naturalist childhood discourses that are rife within popular culture and early…

    Paperback – 2013-02-14
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  • Early Childhood and Compulsory Education

    Reconceptualising the relationship

    Edited by Peter Moss

    What should be the relationship between early childhood and compulsory education? What can they learn from one another and by working together? The rapid expansion of early childhood education and care means that most children in affluent countries now have several years at pre-school before…

    Paperback – 2012-11-02
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  • Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia

    Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

    By Vea Vecchi

    This book explores the contribution of and art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an arts workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the unique experience of Vea…

    Paperback – 2010-03-10
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  • Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education

    Introducing an Intra-Active Pedagogy

    By Hillevi Lenz Taguchi

    Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education focuses on the use of pedagogical documentation as a tool for learning and transformation. Based on innovative research, the author presents new approaches to learning in early childhood education, shifting attention to the force…

    Paperback – 2009-08-11
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  • Movement and Experimentation in Young Children's Learning

    Deleuze and Guattari in Early Childhood Education

    By Liselott Mariett Olsson

    In contemporary educational contexts young children and learning are tamed, predicted, supervised, controlled and evaluated according to predetermined standards. Contesting such intense governing of the learning child, this book argues that the challenge to practice and research is to find ways of…

    Paperback – 2009-02-27
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  • Forming Ethical Identities in Early Childhood Play

    By Brian Edmiston

    Through compelling examples, Brian Edmiston presents the case for why and how adults should play with young children to create with them a 'workshop for life'. In a chapter on 'mythic play' Edmiston confronts adult discomfort over children's play with pretend weapons, as he encourages adults both…

    Paperback – 2007-10-18
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  • In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia

    Listening, Researching and Learning

    By Carlina Rinaldi

    The early childhood programme of Reggio Emilia in Italy is acclaimed as one of the best education systems in the world and this book offers the unique insight of Carlina Rinaldi, the former director of the municipal early childhood centres in Reggio Emilia and successor to Loris Malaguzzi, one of…

    Paperback – 2005-09-15
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  • Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies

    Applying Post-Structural Ideas

    By Glenda Mac Naughton

    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…

    Paperback – 2005-04-28
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  • Unequal Childhoods

    Young Children's Lives in Poor Countries

    Edited by Helen Penn

    An expert in her field, Helen Penn discusses the inequalities between and within countries of childhood poverty and how this poverty is recognized and defined through the following case-studies: Kazakhstan - once part of the Soviet Union Swaziland - a country in Southern Africa devastated by…

    Paperback – 2005-02-24
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  • Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education

    By Gunilla Dahlberg, Peter Moss

    The early childhood services of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy has gained worldwide interest and admiration. Drawing on the ‘Reggio approach’, and others, this book explores the ethical and political dimensions of early childhood services and argues the importance of these dimensions at a time…

    Paperback – 2005-01-13
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