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Culture by babies: Imagining everyday material culture through babies’ engagements with socks
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2020 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 93-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes its point of departure in babies’ engagements with socks and seeks to explore (1) how material culture matters in babies’ everyday lives and (2) how we can understand material culture through attending to babies’ own practices, that is, babies’ culture. The ongoingness, sensoriality and movement of material culture are highlighted, and the article concludes that re-thinking material culture through babies’ engagements with socks means shifting the focus away from objects’ established meaning and towards the materials of those objects.

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Sage Publications, 2020. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 93-105
Keywords [en]
Babies, babies’ culture, material culture, movement, sensoriality
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161229DOI: 10.1177/0907568219881676ISI: 000491525200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161229DiVA, id: diva2:1365155
Available from: 2019-10-23 Created: 2019-10-23 Last updated: 2022-09-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Babies’ engagements with everyday things: An ethnographic study of materiality, movement and participation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Babies’ engagements with everyday things: An ethnographic study of materiality, movement and participation
2021 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores how babies (1-18 months old) engage with material things in their everyday lives. The aim is to contribute with theoretical and empirical insights into babies own practices around material things and how attending to these practices can lead to reflections on participation, material culture and everyday space. The empirical material is collected through video ethnographic fieldwork in the homes of seven babies and their families. The empirical material has been analysed through combining cultural analysis with the analytical approach ‘thinking with theory’. The thesis shows that sensoriality and movement is important for understanding babies own engagements with things and that these engagements are not limited to things given to, or intended for, them. Babies also shape the everyday spaces of the families through their movements of things in their homes. The analyses also show that focusing on sensoriality and movement in the meeting between babies and the researcher is a promising contribution to discussions concerning participatory research and ethnographic method. The thesis is theoretically situated within the field of child- and childhood studies. 

Abstract [sv]

Avhandlingens syfte är att undersöka hur bebisar (1-18 månader) använder sig av materiella saker i deras vardagsliv. Syftet är att bidra med empirisk och teoretisk kunskap om bebisars egna praktiker samt hur ett fokus på bebisars egna intressen kan leda till reflektioner kring barns deltagande, materiell kultur och platsskapande i bebisars hem. Det empiriska materialet har samlats in genom videoetnografiskt fältarbete hemma hos sju bebisar och deras familjer. Materialet har analyserats med hjälp av en kombination av kulturanalys och genom att ’tänka med’ teori om rörelse. Avhandlingen visar att fokus på sensorialitet och rörelse är viktigt för att förstå vad bebisar gör med saker och att bebisars användande av saker inte är begränsat till leksaker eller andra saker avsedda för dom. Bebisar påverkar även hur hemmet är organiserat, till exempel, genom att flytta runt och sprida ut saker i hemmet. Analyserna pekar även på att ett fokus på sensorialitet och rörelse i mötet mellan bebisar och forskare är lovande för att undersöka frågor rörande etnografisk metod och deltagande. Avhandlingen är teoretiskt förankrad i barn – och barndomstudier.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2021. p. 68
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 802
Keywords
babies, material things, everydayness, participation, perspective, space, child and childhood studies, bebisar, materiella saker, vardagsliv, deltagande, perspektiv, plats, barn – och barndomsskapande
National Category
Ethnology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-172256 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-172256 (DOI)9789179297138 (ISBN)
Public defence
2021-02-05, TEMCAS, T-Building, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2020-12-29 Created: 2020-12-29 Last updated: 2021-01-13Bibliographically approved

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