(Re)Storying Dolls and Cars: Gender and Care with Young Children

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dc.contributor.author Hodgins, B. Denise
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-03T21:12:32Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-03T21:12:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-12-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5740
dc.description.abstract Feminist theorising has been instrumental in efforts to challenge gender hierarchies and conceptualize care as an ethic of relationality and interdependence, and has influenced visions of pedagogy as a relational, ethical and political endeavour. While these pedagogies importantly challenge simplified, uncontextualized, apolitical notions of both gender and care, they do not necessarily attend to the increasing complexity of children’s heterogeneous commonworlds. Following a theoretical and methodological framework aligned with material feminism and post qualitative research, in particular thinking with feminist scholars Barad and Haraway, this research questions what an engagement with human-and non-human relationality might do to complicate conversations about gender and care. Employing pedagogical narrations through a post-qualitative lens, this inquiry explores how children, educators and things become implicated in gendered caring practices. A diffractive analysis is put to work wherein gender and care are analyzed with/in several child-doll and child-car encounters, and are diffractively read through other doll and car stories near and far from the classroom. This analysis illuminates the political and ethical embeddedness of early childhood pedagogies, and the understanding that gendering and caring emerge with/in a complex web of many relations. Material feminism loosens ties that bind simplified constructions of gender as explanations for care and vice versa, and instead puts forward that gender and care per formatively emerge through intra-action. As such pedagogical and research practices need to pay careful attention to that which is always already on the verge of becoming. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject care en_US
dc.subject material feminism en_US
dc.subject early childhood education en_US
dc.subject pedagogical narrations en_US
dc.subject post-qualitative research en_US
dc.subject dolls en_US
dc.subject toy cars en_US
dc.title (Re)Storying Dolls and Cars: Gender and Care with Young Children en_US
dc.title.alternative Restorying Dolls and Cars: Gender and Care with Young Children en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Ball, Jessica
dc.degree.department School of Child and Youth Care en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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