A1 Journal article (refereed)
Entangled photographers : agents and actants in preschoolers’ photography talk (2020)


Rissanen, M.-J. (2020). Entangled photographers : agents and actants in preschoolers’ photography talk. International Journal of Education Through Art, 16(2), 271-286. https://doi.org/10.1386/eta_00031_1


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Rissanen, Mari-Jatta

Journal or series: International Journal of Education Through Art

ISSN: 1743-5234

eISSN: 2040-090X

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 16

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 271-286

Publisher: Intellect

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/eta_00031_1

Publication open access: Not open

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Abstract

Photographs taken by young children have engendered a growing amount of research across diverse academic disciplines. Photographs have been used as visual data for analysing for example children’s social relations and well-being. However, only a few studies have addressed the photographic practices of young children as means for them to explore, imagine and coexist with the surrounding world. In this article, I introduce a case study that draws on research from art education and sociology of childhood. The data were gathered in a photography workshop in a Finnish early childhood education and care centre, where fourteen preschoolers discussed their photographs inspired by contemporary Finnish art photography. In order to expose diverse human and material actors and their interactions in preschoolers’ photography talk, I applied Bruno Latour’s actor-network-theory. Thus, preschoolers’ photography is seen as a practice of visual meaning-making wherein agency is distributed among several actors.


Keywords: preschool pupils; contemporary art; art education; actor-network theory; photography; early childhood education and care


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 3


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