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Too much, too little: Preschool teachers’ perceptions of the boundaries of adequate touching
Linnaeus University.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centrum för genusforskning (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8019-2396
Linnaeus University.
2018 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In the present study we focus on physical touch that is judged tobe just outside what is considered to be ‘normal’. We explore how preschool teachers describe and explain situations where educa-tors give children too much or too little touching. Semi-structured interviews have been conducted with 30 qualified preschool teachers working in Swedish preschools. When the informants talk about situations where educators give children too much touching, the descriptions involve a behaviour that does not lie within the preschool mission, teachers who do not set boundaries, and actions that have disadvantages for the children. On the other hand, situations where educators give children too little touching are described solely with reference to the teacher and that person’s fear or cold personality. The results have been interpreted inrelation to the discourse of preschool professionalisation and Hochschild’s theory of emotional labour

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
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care, physical touch, emotional labour, feeling rules, preschool, preschool teachers
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Educational Sciences Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70198DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2018.1545246OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70198DiVA, id: diva2:1264632
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Swedish Research Council, 2014-2121Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved

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