Eu(rope): (re)assembling, (re)casting and (re)aligning lines of de- and re-territorialisation of early childhood

Jones, Liz and Osgood, Jayne and Urban, Mathias and Holmes, Rachel and MacLure, Maggie (2014) Eu(rope): (re)assembling, (re)casting and (re)aligning lines of de- and re-territorialisation of early childhood. International Review of Qualitative Research, 7 (1). pp. 58-79. ISSN 1940-8447

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to (re)(e)value(ate) current micro-and macropolicies and politics that shape – and are shaped by – conceptualisations of and, in consequence, practices towards young children in a range of institutions/figurations. The 'geopolitical' location for our investigation is Europe, understood as conceptual space(s) as well as (geographical) territory. Whilst we begin by focusing attention on events within an English context, we nevertheless move beyond geographical boundaries. We argue that movements that are currently being undertaken in England are not individual activities. Rather, England is infected and affected by European and global histories, practices, policies, philosophies and epistemologies. We argue that it is the oscillations between different components within a broad European assemblage (human and nonhuman) that makes something happen. Subsequently, we detail and question whether 'happenings' that are occurring in England can be considered as possible creative openings where early childhood education/care could be reassembled 'differently'. Once one steps outside what's been thought before . . . once one ventures outside what's familiar and reassuring, once one has to invent new concepts for unknown lands, then methods and moral systems break down and thinking becomes, as Foucault puts it, a ''perilous act'', a violence, whose first victim is oneself.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 17866
Notes on copyright: Author can archive publisher's version/PDF. © 2014 International Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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Depositing User: Kristina Repova
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 09:12
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 06:39
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17866

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