'That’s enough!' (but it wasn’t): the generative possibilities of attuning to what else a tantrum can do

Osgood, Jayne ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9424-8602 and De Rijke, Victoria ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0804-5687 (2022) 'That’s enough!' (but it wasn’t): the generative possibilities of attuning to what else a tantrum can do. Global Studies of Childhood, 12 (3) . pp. 235-248. ISSN 2043-6106 [Article] (doi:10.1177/20436106221117167)

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Often used in the plural, tantrum denotes an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child. In this paper we attempt to enact a feminist project of reclamation and reconfiguration of ‘the toddler tantrum’. Drawing on a range of theoretical traditions, this paper investigates the complex yet generative possibilities inherent within the tantrum to argue that it can be encountered as more-than-human, as a worldly-becoming, and as a form of resistance to Anthropocentrism and childism. We propose that the tantrum might be reappraised as a generative form of (child) activism. By mobilising the potential of arts-based approaches to the study of childhood we seek to reach other, opened out and speculative accounts of what tantrum-ing is, what it makes possible, and what it might offer to stretch ideas about, and practices with very young children. We undertake a tentacular engagement with children’s literature to arrive at possibilities to resist smoothing out, extinguishing or demonising the uncomfortable affective ecologies that are agitated by child rage. This paper brings together a concern with affect, materialities and bodies as they coalesce in more-than-human relationalities captured within ‘the tantrum’. In doing so, the unthinkable, the unbearable, the uncomfortable and the unknowable are set in motion, in the hope of arriving at a (more) critically affirmative account of childhood in all its messy complexity.

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Keywords (uncontrolled): childism, children’s picturebooks, feminist new materialism, tantrum, toddler
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 35667
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2022.
Published version: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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Depositing User: Jayne Osgood
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2022 14:23
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 12:15
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35667

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