Childhood as protected space? Vulnerable bodies in an Israeli kindergarten

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    This paper addresses some of the complexities surrounding the endeavour to create a protected space for children. Based on an ethnographic account of a kindergarten in a small town in the north of Israel during 2001, it explores notions of vulnerability and danger, protection and exposure, as these found expression in daily life at the kindergarten. The paper describes, and links, two sets of ethnographic data: first, the routine ways in which the teacher constructed the children's bodies as ever vulnerable to harm of all sorts, unless well taken care of; and second, the way in which a suicide bomb attack was presented, and mediated, by the teacher to the children. The paper argues that a close look at these two different stances on death and danger reveals a 'discourse of vulnerability' at the kindergarten.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-100
    Number of pages22
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2005


    • Children
    • Early education
    • Israel
    • Risk
    • Vulnerability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Archaeology


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