The Embodiment of an Early Childhood Practitioner

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Taking its initial inspiration from the work of feminist writers such as Elizabeth Grosz (1994) who argue for a conceptualization of the body as an entanglement of the corporeal, psychical and textual, this paper explores various, often competing, understandings of the body of the early childhood practitioner. Drawing on ethnographic data from a baby/toddler room I show how practitioners navigate understandings of their bodies as ‘maternal’, ‘non-sexual’, and ‘fit and healthy’ in the context of their daily work in early childhood education and care (ECEC). I will argue that the physical body, as lived through by practitioners, is an aspect of professional work in ECEC – a profession overwhelmingly made up of women - which has been under-explored thus far.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2017
EventGender and Education conference - Middlesex University, London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017


ConferenceGender and Education conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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