Eating in the Nursery School: Pedagogy, Performativity & Biopolitics

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  • Michalis Kontopodis

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https://doi.org/10.24933/horizontes.v34i2.465

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Abstract


The study presented here explores eating as a pedagogical practice. It pays attention to arrangements of things such as Christmas cookies, whole-wheat and white bread, frozen chicken, plates, chairs, tables, and freezers. Entering in dialogue with performativity theory and post-structuralist approaches, a series of ethnographic analyses from German and Brazilian nursery schools reveal how eating can be enacted as a sensual pleasure, a health risk, an ethnic custom, or a civil right within a variety of local pedagogical contexts. Through specific arrangements of foods and other things, young children are educated to eat with moderation, to change their ethnic dietary habits, or to become modern citizens. Pedagogy can thus entail doing public health, doing ethnic identity, or doing citizenship while eating is an important way of doing these in early childhood education and care settings.
Keywords: Early Childhood Education & Care; Ethnicity; Obesity Prevention, Performance.

Comendo na escola infantil: Pedagogia, Performatividade & Biopolítica
Resumo

O estudo apresentado aqui explora o ato de comer como uma prática pedagógica. Tem-se como proposta prestar atenção aos arranjos de comidas como biscoitos de Natal, pão de trigo integral e pão branco, frango congelado, pratos, cadeiras, mesas e congeladores. Através do diálogo com a teoria da performatividade e abordagens pós-estruturalistas, uma série de análises etnográficas de escolas de educação infantil alemãs e brasileiras revelam como comer no jardim de infância pode ser um prazer sensual, um risco para a saúde, um costume étnico, ou um direito civil dentro de diferentes histórias locais e constelações de poder. Através da combinação de alimentos específicos e outras coisas, as crianças são educadas para comer com moderação, para mudar seus hábitos alimentares étnicos, ou para serem cidadãos modernos. A pedagogia pode, portanto, consistir em fazer valer a saúde pública, fazer valer a identidade étnica, ou fazer valer a cidadania e comer é uma forma importante de fazer isso em configurações de educação e nos cuidados na primeira infância.
Palavras-chave: Educação da primeira infância e Cuidado; Etnicidade; Prevenção de obesidade; Performance.

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Biografia do Autor

Michalis Kontopodis

(Dipl Psy, University of Crete & PhD, Free University Berlin) is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MSc Psychology and Education, associated with the Centre for Critical Psychology & Education at the University of Sheffield.
Email: m.kontopodis@sheffield.ac.uk
Web: http://mkontopodis.wordpress.com
Twitter: @m_kontopodis.

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2016-12-21

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Kontopodis, M. (2016). Eating in the Nursery School: Pedagogy, Performativity & Biopolitics. Horizontes, 34(2), 7–18. https://doi.org/10.24933/horizontes.v34i2.465

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