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Keränen, V., Viljamaa, E., & Uitto, M. (2021). Touch in children’s everyday peer relations in preschools. Childhood, 28(1), 86–102.

Touch in children’s everyday peer relations in preschools

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Author: Keränen, Virve1; Viljamaa, Elina1; Uitto, Minna1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2021
Publish Date: 2020-09-21


The article explores how touch appears in children’s everyday peer relations in preschools. The narrative research material consists of video recordings produced in four Finnish preschools. Touch in children’s relations appeared as an invitation, an attempt to control and a conventional pattern. The findings show that narrative environments of the preschools produce, enable and limit touch in the children’s everyday peer relations. In terms of touch, children follow the practices created by educators and the wider society. However, the children also challenge these practices and the set limits, appearing as active agents in producing embodied acts of touch in preschools.

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Series: Childhood. A global journal of child research
ISSN: 0907-5682
ISSN-E: 1461-7013
ISSN-L: 0907-5682
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Pages: 86 - 102
DOI: 10.1177/0907568220953514
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: he author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Research Foundation of Mannerheim League for a Child Welfare, Finnish Cultural Foundation, NordForsk (project number 85644) and the Academy of Finland (project number 265974).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 265974
Detailed Information: 265974 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2020. Article reuse guidelines: The final authenticated version is available online at