Diversity and difference in early childhood education : issues for theory and practice / Kerry H. Robinson and Criss Jones Diaz.

Gives an overview of relevant contemporary social theories, including poststructuralism, cultural studies, postcolonialism, feminist perspectives and queer theory. This book covers a number of issues impacting on children's lives, including globalization, new racisms, immigration, refugees, hom...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Robinson, Kerry H.
Other Authors: Jones-Diaz, Criss.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Berkshire, England ; New York : Open University Press, 2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. Changing paradigms in early childhood education : critical perspectives on diversity and difference in doing social justice in early childhood education
  • Introduction
  • Writing this book
  • Children's perceptions of difference
  • Constructions of childhood
  • Hierarchies of difference : early childhood educators, diversity and social justice
  • Shifting paradigms in early childhood education : a historical overview
  • What is postmodernism?
  • What is poststructuralism?
  • A feminist poststructural approach
  • Other social theories influencing this book
  • Chapter overviews
  • Recommended reading
  • 2. Doing feminist poststructuralist theory with early childhood educators
  • Introduction
  • What is feminist poststructuralism?
  • Understanding the 'self' : the feminist poststructuralist subject
  • The process of subjectification
  • What has all this got to do with teaching children?
  • Implications for practice in early childhood education
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading
  • 3. Local and global social relations : critical perspectives on class and inequality
  • Introduction
  • What is globalization?
  • Class relations and cultural reproduction in a globalized world
  • Neoliberalism and globalization
  • Relationships between globalization and neoliberalism
  • Education, globalization and neoliberalism
  • Globalization and forced immigration
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Corporatization of childhood
  • Macro-economic policies and their impact on children and childhood
  • Implications for early childhood education
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading.
  • 4. 'It's more than black dolls and brown paint' : critical multiculturalism, whiteness and early childhood education
  • Introduction
  • Multiculturalism as policy and practice
  • Limits to multicultural pluralism
  • Whiteness and multiculturalism
  • Whiteness and indigeneity
  • Multiculturalism and early childhood education
  • Liberal pluralism in early childhood education
  • Whiteness and mainstream early childhood curricula
  • Practitioners' responses to children's understandings of 'race', ethnicity and cultural difference
  • Assumed absences and invisible identities
  • Children's experiences of whiteness, racism and inequality
  • Rubie and Martín : a cast study
  • Towards critical multiculturalism in early childhood education : implications for practice
  • Going beyond culture as 'celebration'
  • Adopting a reflexive stance towards cultural and racial differences
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading
  • 5. Families as performative social spaces : reconceptualizing the family for social justice
  • Introduction
  • What is a family?
  • Reconceptualizing family as performative social spaces : a feminist poststructuralist perspective
  • Changing practices in a changing world : current challenges to families
  • Social theories of 'the family'
  • The social construction of motherhood and fatherhood
  • Families of 'choice' : doing family differently
  • Families from non-English-speaking backgrounds
  • The impact of globalization on doing family
  • The position and 'role' of children in families
  • Implications for practice in early childhood education
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading.
  • 6. Bilingualism identity and English as a globalized language
  • Introduction
  • English as a globalized language
  • Learning English at the expense of the home language
  • Towards critical understandings of equity in language retention and language learning
  • Research into staff practices and attitudes towards language retention and second language learning issues
  • Constructing the deficit 'needy' bilingual child
  • Bilingual children's negotiation of languages and identity
  • Implications for practice
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading
  • 7. Gender performativity in early childhood education
  • Introduction
  • What is gender? : a feminist poststructuralist perspective
  • Sex roles and socialization theory : a critique
  • 'Biology is destiny' : the discourse of biological determinism, a critique
  • A glimpse of educators' perspectives on gender
  • Current approaches to gender equity in early childhood education
  • The heterosexualization of gender : Butler's performativity and 'heterosexual matrix'
  • Heterosexualization and heteronormativity in early childhood education
  • Liberatory potentials of non-normative discourses of gender
  • Implications for practices in early childhood education
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading.
  • 8. The lion, the witch and the 'closet' : dealing with sexual identity issues in early childhood education
  • Introduction
  • Feminist poststructuralism and sexual identities
  • Queer theory and sexual identity
  • Other theoretical perspectives on sexual identity
  • Discourses of childhood and sexuality
  • What is heteronormativity?
  • Heteronormativity in early childhood education
  • Myths about gay and lesbian people
  • Homophobia and heterosexism in early childhood settings
  • Out of sight, out of mind : 'compulsory heterosexuality' and the invisibility of sexual others
  • The inclusion of sexual others : legitimating difference within 'the family'
  • What about children's voices?
  • Implications for practice in early childhood education
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended reading
  • 9. The challenge of diversity and difference to early childhood education
  • Introduction
  • Promoting theoretical understandings of childhood, diversity and difference
  • Positioning children and families within discourses of deficit
  • Fostering children's critical thinking around diversity and difference
  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • Developing inclusive policies and procedures around diversity and difference
  • Communicating with families and communities
  • The role of management bodies
  • The importance of professional development for early childhood educators
  • Further research into diversity and difference in early childhood education
  • Conclusion : taking personal and professional risks for social justice
  • Glossary.