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How matter comes to matter in children’s outdoor play
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
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Abstract [en]

In the present paper, a posthumanist approach is used to analyse children’s play activities in outdoor environments. A total of 42 children between 6 and 8 years participated in the study. Video observations of play activities have been analysed with a focus on intra-actions between children, the physical environment, and discourses. The analysis shows that these intra-actions are not the same in different kinds of play activities. In play activities without symbolic content, matter seems to ‘talk’ directly to children’s hands and bodies. In play activities with symbolic content, discourses work through matter when objects are given symbolic meaning.

Keyword [en]
play, natural environments, matter, agential realism, embodiment
Keyword [sv]
lek, naturmiljö, utomhuspedagogik, materia, neomaterialism, förkroppsligande
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Studies with Focus on Educational Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98975OAI: diva2:686024
Naturens betydelse i den moderna barndomen
Swedish Research Council, 2009-5535
Available from: 2014-01-10 Created: 2014-01-10 Last updated: 2014-12-18

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