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Overview

Robin Lynn Leavitt presents in a provocative ethnography the lived experiences of infants and toddlers in day care centers. This text speaks to researchers and instructors interested in infancy, early childhood socialization, child care, and interpretive research. Leavitt's original application of multiple theoretical perspectives - interpretive, interactionist, critical, feminist, and postmodern - yields powerful insights into the problematic emotional experiences and relations between infants and their caregivers. The day care center is described as an institution that imposes a temporal and spatial regime on the lives of infants and toddlers. Vivid descriptions illustrate how caregivers create problematic situations for the children as they exercise unyielding power in the rigid management and control of the daily routines and play of children. As Leavitt documents the experiences of our youngest children, she engages in a philosophical exploration of the meanings of emotionally responsive, empowering care in group settings. Her analysis points to the need to care for caregivers, and for caregiving to become a self-reflective activity.
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Leavitt (home economics, Illinois State U.) presents a provocative ethnography of interaction between very young children and their caregivers. She finds that when the adults exercise absolute power over the routines and regimen, they often put the children in problematic emotional situations. She suggests that caregivers be more self-reflective in their activity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

Problematic Experience, Power, and Emotion
Assumptions
Methodological Specifics
Research on Infant Day Care
Summary

2. Theoretical and Philosophical Perspective

Hermeneutic, Existential Phenomenology
Symbolic Interactionism
Critical Theory
Feminism
Postmodernism
Summary

3. Power

Spatial Regime
Disciplinary Time
Caregiver Power/Children's Play
Resistance
Extractive Versus Development Power
A Day in the Life of a Toddler
Children's Place in the Social World of Day Care
Summary

4. Emotion

Objectification and Seriality
Child Care as Emotional Labor
Child Care as Alienated Labor
Unsurpassable Childhoods
Summary

5. Emotionally Responsive, Empowering Child Care

The Concept of Responsive Caregiving
The Child in Child Care
Reciprocity
Empathy
Images of Emotionally Responsive, Empowering Caregiving
The Center as a Setting for Responsive Care
Summary

6. Infant-Toddler Day Care: Review, Reflections, and Directions

Review
Reflections
Directions
Conclusion

Appendix: The Credibility of Interpretive Studies

Notes

References

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