Play as activism? Early childhood and (inter)generational politics

Rachel Rosen
2017 Contemporary Social Science  
Both young children and imaginative play are often considered to be fundamentally apolitical. Such views have been increasingly challenged, however, as both 'the political' and activism are being reconceptualised in more expansive ways. In seeking to critically build upon these efforts, I draw on ethnographic data generated in an early years setting in a super-diverse low-income community in London to highlight the space of imaginative play as a resonant site for investigations of the
more » ... However, whether or not something is considered a 'political' matter is a political struggle in itself, and one that players may neither desire nor achieve. I make a case for both distinguishing between play and activism, and considering ways to foster connections between them. Imaginative play has the potential to enrich an intergenerational politics where adults and children engage together for a more just future. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7911 5332 Biography: Rachel Rosen is a Lecturer in the sociology of childhood at University College London. Her research focuses on the politics of children and childhood. She is currently coediting two collections: Reimagining Childhood Studies (Bloomsbury) and Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes? (UCL Press). Disclosures: This work did not receive external funding or sponsorship. I have no financial interest or knowledge of benefit arising from the direct applications of my research. Acknowledgements: I wish to thank the SI editors, independent reviewers, and participants in the 'Activism on the edge of age' workshop (organised by the editors) for their insightful comments on earlier drafts. Play as activism? Early childhood and (inter)generational politics
doi:10.1080/21582041.2017.1324174 fatcat:vhoc6ae6krb2hfzkak3ndc4adi