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ERIC Number: EJ812784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Conceptions of the Self in Early Childhood: Territorializing Identities
Borgnon, Liselott
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v39 n3 p264-274 Jun 2007
This article draws upon the Deleuzian/Guattarian idea of territorializing movements to trouble the notion of the identity of the learning pre-school child, produced by developmental psychology, as an individual, natural and developing child as well as the more recent image of the child characterised by autonomy and flexible behaviour. Accordingly, a child's apprenticeship of walking is associated here with the movements of a surfer. This association disturbs the orthodox thought of recognition and representation that makes us define, include and exclude children who do not fit into pre-established schemes of development and learning. What is created with the image of the walking child as surfer is a line of flight out of a territory marked by resemblance and error. This line of flight challenges the assumption of a theorist of good will, who with the best intentions knows what is best for children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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