At Play in Belfast: Children’s Folklore and Identities in by Donna M. Lanclos PDF

By Donna M. Lanclos

ISBN-10: 081353321X

ISBN-13: 9780813533216

Donna M. Lanclos writes approximately childrens at the college playgrounds of working-class Belfast, Northern eire, utilizing their very own phrases to teach how they form their social identities. The concept that kid's voices and views has to be incorporated in a piece approximately adolescence is important to the ebook. Lanclos explores kid's folklore, together with skipping rhymes, clapping video games, and "dirty" jokes, from 5 Belfast fundamental faculties (two Protestant, Catholic, and one mixed). She listens for what she will find out about gender, relations, adult-child interactions, and Protestant/Catholic tensions. Lanclos often notes violent issues within the folklore and conversations that point out young children are conscious of the truth during which they stay. yet while, teenagers withstand being marginalized by means of adults who attempt to safeguard them from this reality.

For Lanclos, kid's reviews stimulate discussions approximately tradition and society. In her phrases, "Children's daily lives are extra than simply guidance for his or her futures, yet are existence itself."

At Play in Belfast is a quantity within the Rutgers sequence in youth experiences, edited via Myra Bluebond-Langner.

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Soon, On It catches another girl. ” Cliona tries to tip someone dangerously far from the Den, but that girl protests, “I’m still in Den! I’ve got both thumbs up,” displaying her thumbs for all to see. Her argument is accepted, and the girls play on. Another group, this one of three five-year-olds, are preparing to play their own game of Chasies. ”—showing fists apart, rather than together, as the errant girl had them. As she counts, she uses her chin to substitute for the fist she is using to count, and she chants: Meeny miney moe,5 catch a beggar by the toe odds bodds out!

34 At Play in Belfast In the past I have seen them go around in a circle, and wait until the “flowers” line before rushing into the middle to mess up the hair of the girl there. In this game, they get to “turkey” and then all rush in to mess with the hair of the girl in the middle. ” Of course they go for her hair especially fiercely, after that. Marie tries to enter the game by getting into the outside edge of the crowd—as they are “shaking” and “rumbling”—and she also tries to get in at the end, when the players all form a circle again, so the player in the middle can pick the next one On It, the “Senorita” in the middle.

After the dog is chosen, however, the game is run through by some of the kids playing Chasies, and the ring game regroups around another activity, suggested as Rapatapatap on Her Shoulder by Linda. The P4s, minus the few who joined the chasing game, form a new circle, hands joined and held up, over head. Linda weaves in and out, under the other players’ arms, while singing goes on. In and out go the dusty bluebells17 In and out go the dusty bluebells A Day in the Life 33 In and out go the dusty bluebells I’ll be your mas-ter.

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