A beginning of an exploration of children’s play and death by Maggie Jackson

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A beginning of an exploration of children’s play and death by Maggie Jackson a presentation from the BSA Sociology of Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group Symposium on 15 November 2013.

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A beginning of an exploration of children’s play and death by Maggie Jackson

  1. 1. A beginning of an exploration of children’s play and death. O An initial exploration of children, play and death: a foucauldian analysis. O Maggie Jackson O Teesside University UK O m.j.jackson@tees.ac.uk
  2. 2. O Death is part of education O New England primer O T- time cuts down all both great and small O Y-youth forwards slips death soonest nips
  3. 3. O “the idea of death occurs very readily in the fantasies of normal children” O (Anthony 1940 p.192)
  4. 4. The funeral – children’s play O O O O O O O O O O O O Karin: Da da da Mummy, Wake up!! Maja: But I was ill. Karin: I was ill too, because I was soon going to die … Maja: Mmm … Karin: That’s why I am in … I am in the grave. Karin climbs up on the chute. Maja: Mmm … Karin: Aren’t I? Maja: Mmm … Maja: You have to die first before you can be buried. Karin: I was out there. Karin jumps down on the floor. (Löfdahl 2005)
  5. 5. O “even pre-school children can be quite sophisticated in their comprehension of death” O Stambrook and Parker 1987 p.153)

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