Exploring “living well” through children’s play

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This chapter considers how “living well in a world worth living in” is imagined, replicated and lived in children’s free play. Drawing primarily on video data collected by 21 young migrant and refugee background primary school students in Finland and Australia, we consider what children’s play can reveal about a just, equitable and fair world in the present and in future, and how schools can support its development by providing the needed cultural-discursive, material-economic, and social-political arrangements for play. Our chapter shows that as children play, they not only create, simulate, and negotiate between themselves an imagined, future-oriented world worth living in for all, but also, through the real collaboration, empathy and care they develop and practise together, they bring that world into being.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving Well in a World Worth Living in for All
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Enacting Praxis for a Just and Sustainable Future
EditorsKristin Elaine Reimer, Mervi Kaukko, Sally Windsor, Stephen Kemmis, Kathleen Mahon
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789819718481
ISBN (Print)9789819718474
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Free play
  • Children
  • Practice architectures
  • Video
  • Finland
  • Australia

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