Fast Childcare in Public Preschools: The Utopia of Efficiency

1st Edition

Renita Thedvall

Routledge
February 7, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9781138500181 - CAT# K375045

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Summary

Fast Childcare in Public Preschools presents an ethnographic examination of the implementation of fast-policy management models and the efforts of teachers to use these to improve their work organization, and the frictions this brings. Using examples from Swedish public preschools, the book focuses on essential areas of the Lean management model in particular, bringing to life concepts relating to the care and education of children. The book draws on international childcare policy and public reforms, exploring the assignments that preschools are set and argues that separating the pedagogical and the organizational as argued by proponents of management models is not possible.

This book considers Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore’s work on ‘fast policy’ and ‘model power’ and analyses the tensions between the easy-to-use and difficult-to-use in management models. The form of Lean’s management model rendered it difficult to align with existing childcare policy, pedagogical models, and the organization of a preschool. The book explores the utopian dimension of a modern project in pursuit of efficiency and speed in relation to the Lean model and the preschool teachers’ work, by asking, ‘what are the wider societal implications of the Lean project in preschools?’

Fast Childcare in Public Preschools will be of great interest to cultural anthropologists, qualitative sociologists and political scientists, and organizational researchers interested in the anthropology of policy.

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