Attuning to processes of affective sociomaterialisation: exploring subjectivity and identity in outdoor early childhood provision in Scotland, UK

Tembo, S ORCID: 0000-0001-8821-5476 (2024) 'Attuning to processes of affective sociomaterialisation: exploring subjectivity and identity in outdoor early childhood provision in Scotland, UK.' Children's Geographies. ISSN 1473-3285

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2024.2335192

Abstract

This paper examines the formation of children’s subjectivities, related to the metaphysical conditions of being and becoming a subject, within outdoor early childhood provision in Scotland. It applies a sociomaterial metaphysical framework to propose an alternative way of understanding how subjectivities come to form in early childhood environments, bringing together Spinozist monism in relation to Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of assemblage and affect. Methodologically, an ethnographic approach inspired partly by the postqualitative field of scholarship is employed to gather data on children’s subjectivities at Wood Fire, a primarily outdoor early childhood setting. The data produced in this study affords an opportunity to understand the materiality and relationality of primarily outdoor early childhood provision through which subjectivities are in-formed. Thus, they demonstrate a more expanded understanding of how we, humans, are produced as individuals in specific encounters through processes of ‘affective sociomaterialisation’. Practically, this carries implications for how researchers might attune to the child’s sense of self on more expansive terms through processes of affective sociomaterialisation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: early childhood, subjectivity and identity, sociomaterial, affect, ethnography, affective sociomaterialisation
Divisions: School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2024.2335192
Date Deposited: 29 May 2024 12:19
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 12:19
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/16239
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