© 2009

“Race” and Early Childhood Education

An International Approach to Identity, Politics, and Pedagogy

  • Glenda Mac Naughton
  • Karina Davis

Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Thinking Differently: The Call and the Desire

    1. Karina Davis, Glenda Mac Naughton
      Pages 1-14
  3. Exploring the Politics of Children’s Racialized Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Glenda Mac Naughton, Karina Davis
      Pages 17-30
    3. Glenda Mac Naughton, Karina Davis, Kylie Smith
      Pages 31-47
    4. Karina Davis, Glenda Mac Naughton, Kylie Smith
      Pages 49-65
    5. Glenda Mac Naughton, Karina Davis, Kylie Smith
      Pages 67-84
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 99-109
  4. Exploring the Politics of Adults’ Racialized Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Prasanna Srinivasan
      Pages 155-166
    3. Sue Atkinson, Merlyne Cruz, Prasanna Srinivasan, Karina Davis, Glenda Mac Naughton
      Pages 167-179
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 181-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-196

About this book


This book  critiques the often presumed racial innocence of young children. The authors challenge early childhood educators to engage with the racialized identity politics that form among their students, and to reform their own identities and intersect and frame children's identities throughout their earliest years.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Glenda Mac Naughton
    • 1
  • Karina Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.University of Melbourne’s Centre for Equity and InnovationMelbourne Graduate School of EducationAustralia

About the editors

GLENDA MACNAUGHTON is Director of the University of Melbourne's Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood, Australia and has researched around issues of cultural diversity and 'race' in the early childhood field for over 15 years.

KARINA DAVIS is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education, Australia.

Bibliographic information


"Mac Naughton and Davis explode the popular conception of racial innocence in early childhood. This provocative work challenges early childhood educators to rethink how they engage with issues of race in their classrooms and argues strongly for the inclusion of anti-racist pedagogies in early education." - Julie Kaomea, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Hawai I at Manoa.

"This book locates race; it does not erase it from being a pedagogical imperative for early childhood educators. It takes us out of the soft, safe spaces where notions of inclusivity are tucked away, dangerous and outdated. Mac Naughton and Davis have looked into and beyond the mirror and found where the challenges lie, and where the changes can occur in ways that expand our work, not diminish it. They have embraced race and this makes this work an essential text for all early childhood professionals." - Karen L. Martin, Associate Professor, School of Education, Southern Cross University.