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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataReconceptualizing early childhood care and education:critical questions, new imaginaries and social activism: a reader / edited by Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener, Gaile S. Cannella. pages cm. — (Rethinking childhood; v. 50)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Early childhood education—Social aspects. 2. Social justice—Study and teaching. I. Bloch, Marianne N. II. Swadener, Beth Blue. III. Cannella, Gaile Sloan.LB1139.23.R4  372.21—dc23  2013042279ISBN 978-1-4331-2366-5 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2365-8 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1237-9 (e-book) ISSN 1086-7155Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at

Cover art: Child Musician by Francis X. NnaggendaPhoto credit: Daniel Swadener

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