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Crush: mapping historical, material and affective force relations in young children's hetero-sexual playground play

Huuki, Tuija and Renold, Emma 2016. Crush: mapping historical, material and affective force relations in young children's hetero-sexual playground play. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 37 (5) , pp. 754-769. 10.1080/01596306.2015.1075730

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Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic multi-modal data of the gendered and sexual dynamics of pre-school play (age 6) in a rapidly declining fishing and farming community in North Finland, this paper offers a glimpse into our sense-making of a short video-recorded episode in which three boys repeatedly pile up on and demand a kiss from one of their girl classmates. Our analyses resonate with a wider community of feminist and queer scholars who are bringing affective methodologies and posthuman approaches to re-invigorate how we might understand the complexities of gender and sexual power relations in the early years. Inspired by the writings of Guattari and his concept of ‘existential refrains’, we create three ‘crush’ assemblages to map the more-than-human territorialising and de-territorialising force relations at play. Each assemblage offers a thinking Otherwise about gender, sexuality, violence and consent in which place, space, objects, affect and history entangle in predictable and unpredictable ways.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0159-6306
Funders: Academy of Finland
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 25 September 2015
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 19:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/88395

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