"She Don't Know I Got It. You Ain't Gonna Tell Her, Are You?" Popular Culture as Resistance in American Preschools

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Abstract

Popular culture is often a site of contestation in preschool classrooms. A multisited ethnographic design revealed preschools employed varied strategies to limit popular culture. Teacher and children's actions were considered through Michel de Certeau's (1984) concepts of tactics and strategies. Interviews and observations revealed children were well aware of rules limiting popular culture and agentively engaged in tactical resistance in order to insert their voices into the preschool curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-223
Number of pages16
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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