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The ignored citizen: Young children’s subjectivities in Swedish and English early childhood education settings

Journal article
Authors Caroline Bath
Rauni Karlsson
Published in Childhood
Volume 23
Issue 4
ISSN 0907-5682
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Language en
Keywords Citizenship, democracy, play, solidarity, young children
Subject categories Educational Sciences


This article looks at examples of young children acting as citizens and aims to illuminate these by utilising Biesta’s exposition of subjectification and socialisation conceptions of citizenship. Specifically, the article applies the concepts of ‘dissensus’, taken from Rancière’s work; ‘agonism’, taken from Mouffe’s work; and solidarity from Levinas’ work to actual ‘scenes’ from Swedish and English early childhood education settings. It also discusses these in relation to other contemporary work on concepts of children’s citizenship and our own theories of young children’s play.

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