Cameras and Carnivals: A Visual Dialogic Route to Young Children’s Humour

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This chapter focuses on how Bakhtin’s dialogic theory of carnivalesque was utilised within a visual dialogic methodology, operationalising a range of concepts, including his theory concerning time and space or ‘chronotope’ (Bakhtin, 1984a), and using White’s (2009b) polyphonic video technique. Sullivan argues that a dialogic approach to data analysis offers methodological tools for the analysis of participant subjectivity (Sullivan, 2012), as he suggests that subjectivity, in this instance, changes and responds to others, and if a researcher wishes to focus on subjectivity within data, then it may be fruitful to adopt a dialogical methodology (ibid.). For this reason, and given that the concept of carnivalesque is in itself dialogic and cannot be discussed without reference to Bakhtin’s theory of dialogism more broadly, this chapter combines the discussion of the operationalisation of carnivalesque theory as part of a dialogic methodology. Bakhtinian conceptual and theoretical thinking weaves nto practice in two ways: to privilege ways of ‘seeing’ the subjective voices
of those involved and to explore the relationship between young children’s humorous behaviours and Bakhtin’s study of carnivalesque folk humour in the middle ages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeeing the World Through Children's Eyes
Subtitle of host publicationVisual Methodologies and Approaches to Research in the Early Years
ISBN (Electronic)9789004433328
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020

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