Lind, Ulla (2005)

Identity and Power, ‘Meaning’, Gender and Age: children’s creative work as a signifying practice. I Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Volume 6 Number 3 2005, pages 256-268.


This article presents a negotiating practice that demonstrates the importance of the interplay of visual, verbal and linguistic signs. As such it discusses the relationship between identity and a signifying practice in a Swedish preschool, as children and teachers negotiate meaning. With emphasis on the relationship between building identity and having access to discourses, the notion of identity is troubled among these children, the teachers and within the research practice. A negotiating practice unfolds thanks to a documentation practice that also forms the research material: photographs and conversations made and used within the children’s work in a seven month-long creative process.

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