ERIC Number: EJ812801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
In Early Childhood: What's Language about?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v39 n3 p291-299 Jun 2007
This paper argues that in daycare centres in France, where children are cared for from four months to age three, the competence of female staff members is usually denied and unvalued vis a vis the expert opinions. The paper highlights empirical research on early childhood and gender, providing pragmatic access to children's languages of desire, a language mostly ignored. Incorporating the ideas of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, the paper draws upon the conceptualization of Fernand Deligny who took care of autistic children in mapping what he called "lines of wandering", an idea that shows how desire can become accessible. In the present "society of control" which Deleuze analyses and which coexists with Foucault's discipline and biopower, such lines of flight enable the emergence of a new narrative for young children's desire, and for the competence of the female staff members in their departure from the highway of normalization.
Descriptors: Young Children, Foreign Countries, Child Care, Sex, Autism, Females, Competence, Educational Philosophy, Child Caregivers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France