Materialized reconfigurations of gender in early childhood: playing seriously with Lego

Osgood, Jayne ORCID: (2019) Materialized reconfigurations of gender in early childhood: playing seriously with Lego. In: Feminists Researching Gendered Childhoods: Generative Entanglements. Osgood, Jayne ORCID: and Robinson, Kerry H., eds. Feminist Thought in Childhood Research Series . Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 85-108. ISBN 9781474285780, e-ISBN 9781474285810, e-ISBN 9781474285803, pbk-ISBN 9781350178984. [Book Section] (doi:10.5040/


I return, again I reach up, take down a book from my son’s shelf, on the way, there or back – I am not sure which, I wince a familiar wince as I prise a 2x2 Lego brick from the arch of my foot, I go to my study I ponder, I remember, I wonder, I write …. Following on from the previous, this chapter takes a material object that is routinely and habitually found in childhood contexts, across the globe, to reconfigure ideas about gender. The chapter insists that taking matter seriously, in this case the humble Lego brick, can produce both recognizable accounts about gender and also hold the potential to open up ideas and take investigations in unanticipated directions. This chapter works with Haraway’s (2016) SF philosophy, notably her method of string figuring, and her concern to tell stories via methods of speculative fabulation. [...]

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Hardback: Published 21-02-2019
Paperback: Published 20-08-2020
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 26086
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Depositing User: Shams Sadiqi
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 15:55
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 10:42

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