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Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education

Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader


Edited By Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener and Gaile S. Cannella

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education is a foundational text, which presents contemporary theories and debates about early education and child care in many nations. The authors selected are leading contributors in discussions about critical early childhood studies over the past twenty years; the editors are long-time scholars in the reconceptualizing early childhood movement. Audiences include students in graduate courses focused on early childhood and primary education, critical cultural studies of childhood, critical curriculum studies and critical theories that have been contested and debated and drawn from over the course of two decades.
The book is filled with recent scholarship by leading authors in the reconceptualization and rethinking of childhood studies and early childhood fields, who discuss foundational debates, new imaginaries in theory and practice and activist scholarship. A must-read for graduate students and professionals interested in beginning or continuing critical interrogations of current early childhood policy and reforms globally.
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Chapter Thirteen: Black and Chicana Feminisms: Journeys Toward Spirituality and Reconnection



Black and Chicana Feminisms: Journeys Toward Spirituality and Reconnection

Michelle Salazar Pèrez and Cinthya M. Saavedra

Inspired by hooks and Mesa-Bains’ (2006) Homegrown, this chapter is dedicated to a conversational dialogue between Cinthya Saavedra and me (Michelle Salazar Pèrez) about our work enacting Black and Chicana feminisms. We have chosen this format for sharing with each other and our audience in order to provide what is often undocumented insight into the theoretical and methodological influences in our research over the years and thoughts about future possibilities for childhood/s inquiry that foregrounds marginalized feminist perspectives.

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