The social and competent child as co-produced by nonhuman actors
(English)In: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, ISSN 1463-9491Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
In this article I argue that competent children at all times are co-produced by nonhuman matter. Drawing on a relational materialist perspective I discuss how not only humans but also nonhumans can articulate propositions and partake in an ongoing choreography of the world. I will present a piece of pedagogical documentation of children involved in an investigative project and suggest an analysis of this pedagogical documentation that takes into consideration how the children are situated in a messy material world or, as Andrew Pickering (1995) puts it; in “a mangle” where heterogeneous actors make agency and action possible. This entails a troubling of a social constructionist perspective that seldom considers the agency of the nonhuman (Prout 2005). However, as I discuss, a relational materialist perspective can also be understood as an intensification of social constructionism, in that that not only humans, but also nonhumans participates as negotiating actors in the ongoing construction of reality.
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-63412DiVA: diva2:448761
ProjectsFörskolan som jämställdhetspolitisk arena 1970-2008