Race and the space in between: Practitioner reflections on anti-racist practice in one Froebelian early years setting

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Bamsey, V., McNair, L. J., Campbell, H. and Vašinová, I. 2024. Race and the space in between: Practitioner reflections on anti-racist practice in one Froebelian early years setting. Journal of Early Childhood Research. 22 (1), pp. 122-135. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X231195696
AuthorsBamsey, V., McNair, L. J., Campbell, H. and Vašinová, I.
Abstract

The rise of ‘Black Lives Matters’ has brought to the fore a need to unsettle early years praxis that positions race as separate from the individual, as a problem to be solved through the tokenistic provisioning of resources. In this paper, we explore how a team of early years practitioners were able to bridge the space between themselves and the multicultural community in which they worked. An interpretative onto-epistemology supported the crafting of the research design as a case study that provided insight into multiple meanings through participants’ narratives during weekly informal anti-racist reflective meetings, focus group discussions and individual interviews. “Political correctness”, social justice and children’s rights emerged that highlighted the importance of intra-actions arising between practitioners, their history, society and the environment. Consequently, new conceptualisations of race and anti-racist praxis emerged that transformed their practice and their way of being in the world.

JournalJournal of Early Childhood Research
Journal citation22 (1), pp. 122-135
ISSN1476-718X
1741-2927
Year2024
PublisherSAGE Publications
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X231195696
Publication dates
Online04 Sep 2023
PrintMar 2024
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Apr 2024
Copyright holder© 2023, The Authors
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