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Friday, July 13, 2007

Unruliness 


The Devil Rides Out
“The Drinking God Factor” is a great paper that Anne Haas Dyson wrote for Written Communication (19:4, 2002) just before the publication of “The Brothers and Sisters go to School”. I always find Anne’s work inspiring – particularly that theme of the unruliness of young children – and the Drinking God is all about that. Here’s my favourite quote: “Given its power, children’s agency does not necessarily unfold in orderly practices already differentiated and defined by adults. Moreover, given a small bit of maneuvering room, children have the potential to transform unfamiliar practices into ones in which they are anything but ‘peripheral’.”

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