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Individuating sparks' and flickers' of a life' in dance practices with preschoolers: the monstrous child' of Colebrook's Queer Vitalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Number of Authors: 3
2016 (English)In: Discourse. Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, ISSN 0159-6306, E-ISSN 1469-3739, Vol. 37, no 5, 705-716 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What are the dominant images of the Child in contemporary Western societies? In order to challenge some dominant images of the Child, this essay explores the possibilities of analyzing an experimental dance practice with preschoolers aged 1-2 years with Claire Colebrook's theorizing on the war on norms'. Colebrook suggests a Queer Vitalism to push the limits of how to understand humanness generally, and more specifically, how to understand processes of subjectification. She moves from a post-structuralist understanding toward the Deleuzian notion of practices of individuation and processes of becoming-imperceptible. In this essay, we draw on Queer Vitalism to show how it is possible to understand children's constructions of subjectivity in events of experimental dance practices for preschoolers. The analysis is performed in close interactions with video-films from these workshops transformed to still photography. We aspire to show how these practices can be understood as counter-power strategies in the enactment of an image of a Monstrous Child. Such an image might transform the taken-for-granted image of the Child and preschool practices in subversive ways.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 5, 705-716 p.
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Claire Colebrook, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Queer Vitalism, individuation, becoming-imperceptible, experimental dance, preschool children
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134214DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075710ISI: 000382576900008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-134214DiVA: diva2:1034589
Available from: 2016-10-12 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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