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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.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within children’s geographies the need for studies of materiality and how it affects children has been pointed out. Posthumanist approaches provide tools for such analysis, and in the present paper Karen Barad’s (2007) concept of intra-activity is used to analyse children’s play activities in outdoor environments. The paper is a part of an ongoing project, concerning children’s relations to outdoor places. A total of 41 children between 6 and 8 years in two different schools participated in the study. They were enrolled in a special school form based on outdoor education. A variety of methods were combined in the project; the present paper is based mainly on video observations of play activities and walking tours on schoolyards and in natural environments. Different play activities are analysed with focus on the intra-activity between children, children’s bodies, the physical environment, play themes and other discursive agents. The analysis shows that all those agents have impact on the play activities and the way they evolve. Furthermore, children develop play practices connected to the physical environment. Those practices are part of local peer cultures that are mediated and negotiated among the children.

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Keyword [en]
play, natural environments, agential materialism
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Studies with Focus on Educational Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98972OAI: diva2:686033
5th Nordic Geographers' Meeting, 11-14 June 2013, Reykjavík, Iceland
Naturens betydelse i den moderna barndomen
Swedish Research Council, 2009-5535
Available from: 2014-01-10 Created: 2014-01-10 Last updated: 2014-01-10

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