Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Childhood and Otherness

  • Sonja Arndt
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_264



We wonder whether an increased focus on the ethics of difference in childhood and different manifestations, both discursive and material, … can help to expose the generative in childhood otherness, and sustain the generative in infinitely unnamed, unknown, scary, and unrecognizable childhood ‘subjects and objects’. (Tesar and Koro-Ljungberg 2015, p. 4)

This entry theorizes perspectives on Otherness as they relate to childhoods. Grounded in seminal and contemporary theories on constructions of childhoods, it focuses specifically on conceptions of foreignness, the stranger, or the Other in relation to children and childhoods. The entry intersects a philosophical engagement with the Other with particular impacts and possibilities that arise for children as or with the Other. It raises issues associated with childhoods entangled with and generative of different manifestations of Otherness,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand