A FEAST OF FOOLS: MEALTIMES AS  DEMOCRATIC ACTS OF RESISTANCE AND  COLLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Cover Image
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A FEAST OF FOOLS: MEALTIMES AS DEMOCRATIC ACTS OF RESISTANCE AND COLLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
A FEAST OF FOOLS: MEALTIMES AS DEMOCRATIC ACTS OF RESISTANCE AND COLLUSION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Author(s): E. Jayne White
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Preschool education, School education, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Art
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: carnival; feast; mealtimes; early childhood education; Bakhtin:

Summary/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.

  • Issue Year: 5/2017
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 85-97
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English