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ERIC Number: EJ1102221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
When One of "Them" Is in "Our" Place: Early Childhood Settings as Spaces of Resistance
Arndt, Sonja
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v17 n2 p147-156 Jun 2016
When "they" come to "us" in "our" place, what happens, for "them" and for "us"? This article investigates conceptions of Otherness through the story of an immigrant early childhood teacher, seen as the stranger, foreigner, who comes to "our" place, our early childhood setting. It provokes and challenges orientations, towards teacher-foreigners in a teaching team, towards difference and towards considerations of "our" place, as culturally drenched in local knowledges, values and practices, as relationally complex and as a possible site of resistance. This article disturbs and complicates dominant constructions of the Other by positing teacher-subjects through a Kristevan lens as dynamic and constantly evolving. Tracings of Kristeva's philosophical influences and treatments of Otherness help to present entangled historicised, contemporary and future insights into the recognition and marginalisation of teacher-foreigners. Finally, the teacher's story becomes further challenged with Kristeva's suggestion that each one of us is a foreigner inside, Other to ourselves, when "they" come to "us", in "our" place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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