A feast of fools: Mealtimes as democratic acts of resistance and collusion in early childhood education

White, E 2017, 'A feast of fools: Mealtimes as democratic acts of resistance and collusion in early childhood education', Knowledge Cultures, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 84-96.


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Title A feast of fools: Mealtimes as democratic acts of resistance and collusion in early childhood education
Author(s) White, E
Year 2017
Journal name Knowledge Cultures
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 84
End page 96
Total pages 13
Publisher Addleton Academic Publishers
Abstract In Bakhtin's (1986) conception of carnivalesque the body, its contents and, by extrapolation, food, play a central role in a communication genre that acts as a form of resistance. As Cresswell and Teucher (2011) explain, the body is 'an embodied expression of community' (p. 107) and conveys participatory meaning without the need for mediation. In early childhood education contexts that are typically oriented towards 'free play,' mealtimes represent a special opportunity to understand the complex social struggles that take place through acts of the body which are typically located in the 'underground' of the educational setting (White, 2014). The 'feast of fools' marks out the significance of such events as a form of resistance and collusion between peers which utilise the teachers presence as an opportunity to resist authority and create dialogic tensions accordingly. In such cases the peer group thrives as an unmediated presence in the 'bonds of brotherhood' beyond the official, 'educative' realm in temporarily suspended moments of joy.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Keyword(s) Bakhtin
Carnival
Early childhood education
Feast
Mealtimes
DOI - identifier 10.22381/KC5320177
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ISSN 2327-5731
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