Desire for Society: Children’s Knowledge as Social by H.G. Furth

By H.G. Furth

'A robust, integrative, and insightful concept of society.'-Jack Meacham, country college of recent York, Buffalo This provocative paintings offers a unified and scientifically grounded new idea at the improvement of society, specifically, that the imaginary play of youngsters displays an endogenous orientation towards the development of society. In twelve stories, Furth combines pleasant observations of younger kid's spontaneous activities and interactions with lucid descriptions of complicated mental theories-including these of Piaget, Freud, Lacan, and Marxist scholars.

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Wearing the pink bedspread in this fashion was something most of the girls in the class had experienced at one time or another. It had become a tradition in the classroom peer culture (Corsaro & Eder, 1990). Annie and Beth were aware of this tradition, but Celia was not. Shortly after her arrival, Celia picked up the bedspread and announced, "I want this" (9:12). Beth replied, "This is all the coats," (9:15) and Annie explained, "Yeah, we put it on and act like it's a coat" (9:16). Realizing that Celia did not understand the intended definition of the bedspread, Annie and Beth patiently articulated this key element of the play frame.

Fascinated with ceremony, they chose in Scene 14 titles of great consequence ("queens of the whole land"). These specific references to history were made in the context of a play sequence that was itself portrayed as a historical event. Preparations were made for a grand occasion, and various incidental happenings were skillfully oriented toward that future goal. Having overcome all kinds of interactional obstacles and having finally prepared for the crowning moment, the players grew excited and the tempo of the play increased perceptibly.

Beth aligned herself with Annie in the position of Celia's superior. Much to Celia's chagrin, the play became a story about two mothers and a daughter, two big sisters and a little one, two queens and a princess, two ladies who would marry the prince and one who would not. Celia tried repeatedly to modify this arrangement. She was willing to accept Annie's and Beth's superiority, but she was determined to play the role of big sister (a role she coveted as the youngest child in her actual family).

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