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Early adolescence execs are usually required to paintings with childrens and households from quite a number diversified backgrounds. This e-book is going past simplistic definitions of range, encouraging a much wider figuring out and aiding early formative years educators strengthen a serious disposition in the direction of assumptions approximately young ones and adolescence on the subject of range, distinction and social justice. in addition to drawing on examine, the e-book offers an outline of proper modern social theories, together with poststructuralism, cultural reviews, postcolonialism, feminist views and queer thought. every one bankruptcy interrogates perform and explores possibilities and techniques for making a extra equitable surroundings. The e-book covers a few matters impacting on kid's lives, together with globalization, new racisms, immigration, refugees, homophobia, heterosexism and buildings of youth. every one bankruptcy offers an summary of the realm of debate, a spotlight at the implications for perform, and prompt readings. offering perception into how social justice practices in early formative years could make a true distinction within the lives of youngsters and their households, this can be key interpreting for early youth execs, scholars and researchers.

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This perspective holds that all identities are performances and challenges normalizing practices, particularly in terms of sexuality and the heteronormative constructions of gender. Queer theory challenges the unquestionable, natural and normal 20 Diversity and difference in early childhood education positioning of heterosexuality as the superior sexuality and the othering of non-heterosexual identities, which is constituted within the cultural binary heterosexual us/homosexual them. The term ‘queer’ encompasses those who feel ‘marginalized by mainstream sexuality’ (Morris 2000: 20), including those who see themselves as heterosexual but challenge the conformity constituted and enforced in hegemonic discourses of heterosexuality.

Individuals make an emotional commitment to the category of person constituted within the discourses they have chosen to take up as their own, as well as to the appropriate system of morals (rules of right and wrong) encompassed within these discourses. However, individuals are confronted with a variety of discourses, each with a different version of what it means to be a sexualized being. As pointed out previously, some of these discourses are socially sanctioned over than others, thus they are given more credibility and power.

Nietzsche, critical of the modernist humanist and positivist principles that emerged during the Enlightenment, ‘attacked philosophical conceptions of the subject, representation, causality, truth, value, and system, replacing Western philosophy with a perspectivist orientation for which there are no facts, only interpretations, and no objective truths, only the constructs of various individuals and groups’ (Best and Kellner 1991: 22). In poststructuralist theory (as in postmodernism more generally) primacy is given to discourse theory, which we discuss in depth in Chapter 2.

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