Children and Materialities

The Force of the More-than-human in Children’s Classroom Lives

  • Casey Y. Myers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-15
  3. The Kindergarten Book

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
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      Pages 19-22
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    6. Back Matter
      Pages 223-223
  4. Afterword

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
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      Pages 227-245

About this book


This book makes the case for young children as both keenly materially aware of and highly dependent on sets of interrelated material-discursive circumstances. It argues that long-term engagement with children around the topic of meaning-matter relations upends many taken-for-granted notions of consumption, self-regulation, knowledge production, and what constitutes quality of life within a school setting.

The book provides complex accounts of agency on multiple scales - the capability of children to shape and share research, the force of objects, stuff, and things to impact the "social" workings of a classroom, and the impact of nonhuman animals on the trajectory of the ways in which children relate to each other.

This work makes a significant contribution to both theoretical conceptions and practical enactments of childhoods, productively addressing the many contradictions inherent in a posthuman and participatory approach to researching with young children. It also offers insights into how the everyday materialities of children’s classrooms (and their complex representations) are capable of disrupting the common-sense order of things.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Casey Y. Myers
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  1. 1.Child Development Center, School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum StudiesKent State UniversityKentUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-8167-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-8168-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-3408
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-3416
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