Child-Doll and Child-Car Encounters

Thinking with child-doll and child-car encounters in, near and far from the classroom, Denise Hodgins completed a project that engaged with(in) the many complex and varied materialdiscursive intra-actions that produce constructions and practices of both gender and care. Children, educators, and researchers put documentation and storytelling to work as a post-qualitative methodology. The shared stories through documentation speak to the gendering and caring of young children as anything but innocent, private, individual practices but rather as always already collective, entangled, political, ethical, pleasurable, painful, contentious, materialdiscursive becomings. The project illuminated the need to be differently curious about both gender and care in order to better attend to the complexities of children’s common worlds.

 

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