2. Understanding Dimensions of ‘Peer Violence’ in Preschool Settings: An Exploration of Key Issues and Questions

  1. Christine Barter and
  2. David Berridge
  1. Jane Brown

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470976586.ch2

Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People

Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People

How to Cite

Brown, J. (2010) Understanding Dimensions of ‘Peer Violence’ in Preschool Settings: An Exploration of Key Issues and Questions, in Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People (eds C. Barter and D. Berridge), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470976586.ch2

Editor Information

  1. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. Faculty of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Nspcc/Wiley Series in Protecting Children

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christopher Cloke3,
  2. Jan Horwath4 and
  3. Peter Sidebotham5

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    NSPCC, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NX, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TU, UK

  3. 5

    Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694404

Online ISBN: 9780470976586

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Keywords:

  • peer violence in different contexts;
  • understanding dimensions of ‘peer violence’ in preschool settings - key issues and questions;
  • theories of childhood constructing ‘the child’ - in distinctively different ways;
  • idea that childhood, culturally and temporally specific - being well established;
  • norms and expectations, childhood behaviour changing over time - activities, ‘natural’ and ‘normal’;
  • peer violence, young children and nursery settings;
  • violence and how it is conceptualised - implications, how violent acts are being addressed;
  • peer cultures and social worlds of young children;
  • play, popularly conceived as ‘the work’ of child - children acquiring competencies;
  • zero tolerance' and social control of gun play in nursery settings - in preschool establishments across the UK

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Changing Childhood, and Contemporary Concerns about Violent Children

  • Peer Violence, Young Children and Nursery Settings

  • Peer Cultures and the Social Worlds of Young Children

  • Energetic Play: Rough and Tumble Play, Superheroes and Warrior Discourses

  • Girls and Boys, Lively Play and the Perspectives of Nursery Staff

  • ‘Zero Tolerance’ and the Social Control of Gun Play in Nursery Settings

  • Final Comments

  • References