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Mot en mindre profesjonalitet: "Rase", tidlig barndom og Deleuzeoguattariske blivelser
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2015 (Norwegian)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Towards a minor professionalism : ”Race”, early childhood and Deleuzoguattarian becomings (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with professionalism in early childhood education in relation to «race» and whiteness in primarily a Norwegian landscape. The overall aim of the study is to investigate how sociomaterial «race»-events can be understood as constitutive of preschool teachers’ subjectivity. The thesis is a theoretical experimentation with strong ties to a real social landscape. One of the main problems that the study evolves around is how «race» is silenced in the dominant discourse contributing to how preschool teachers can create socially just and indiscriminating pedagogical practices in a current «multicultural society». Hence, there seem to be a lack of tools for preschool teachers to think through how «race» might be part of their pedagogical practice in preschools, and how «race» is an important issue to address when working with how to perform pedagogy ethically and politically. More specifically and in a philosophical-theoretical manner, the study explores «white» preschool teachers’ relation to «race». The philosophical-theoretical-methodological conceptual toolbox for the study is mainly constructed from the philosophical work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (1977, 1987). E.g. machinic assemblage, stratification, Body without Organs, nomadic subject, affect, individuation, micropolitics, becoming, actual/virtual and event. The methodological approach is highly inspired by decolonizing-, feminist poststructural- and critical methodologies. However, immersed with Deleuze and Guattaris philosophy of desire, what started out as a poststructural autoethnography transformed into a cartography of «my own» racial becomings in/with an early childhood landscape. The study shows how subjectivity, when understood as produced through sociomaterial «race»-events, offers another understanding of doing professionalism. Further, it offers an alternative understanding of how to create more socially just pedagogical practices in early childhood education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University , 2015. , 333 p.
Keyword [en]
professionalism, “race”, whiteness, subjectivity, early childhood education, Deleuze and Guattari, becomings, becoming-minor, micropolitics, cartography, new materialism
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Early Childhood Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114124ISBN: 978-91-7649-134-8OAI: diva2:795293
Public defence
2015-04-28, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (Norwegian)
Available from: 2015-04-06 Created: 2015-02-20 Last updated: 2015-04-28Bibliographically approved

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