Death and Destruction in Children's Play Culture

Jørgensen, H. H. (Oplægsholder)

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Mouritsen brought me on the track of ‘death and destruction’ in children’s play culture. With a background in Comparative Literature & Semiotics I was fascinated by the more subversive patterns of literature, and Mouritsen’s approach to play seemed very much in line with that. He told us about the special sounds of shooting among boys, and their grilling of an Action Man in the back yard and then I found that my son at the age of seven had hanged ‘Bamse & Kylling’ by the neck in my living room. Flemming asked if I took a picture of the scenario. Because, like he said, there is much too little evidence of that kind of play. So I did. The presentation will include three examples of ‘Death and destruction’ in children’s playculture. First ‘The usefulness of shooting sounds’ will be connected to ‘oral literacy’ (Gee & Hayes, 2011; Ong, 1982). Then the hanging of two popular figures from Danish children’s television ‘Bamse & Kylling’ will be told, and the question: “why were they hanged” will be answered. The last example is ‘Barbie at her best’, and it involves firework, and points at the experimental potential of play. Finally I focus on how Mouritsen’s narrative and explorative method has influenced my work in bringing the ‘new’ paradigm of childhood into the methodological approach of my ph.d. project on ‘Children’s play with digital media in pre-primary school’.
Periode10 nov. 2016
BegivenhedstitelBIN-Norden: Fears and Pleasures in Nordic Childhood
PlaceringOslo, Norge
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Børn og unge
  • legekultur