Silencing Touch and Touching Silence? Understanding the Complex Links Between Touch and Silence in Residential Child Care Settings

LORRAINE GREEN, Lisa Warwick*, LISA MORAN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Touch and silence are neglected across most disciplines, including within child-specific academic literature, and their interconnections have not been studied before. This article focuses on touch/silence convergences in residential childcare in England, drawing from two qualitative studies. We reveal the fluidity, multidimensionality and intersectionality of touch and silence, illuminating the labyrinthine ways they frequently coalesce in children’s homes, often assuming ambiguous forms and meanings. We therefore offer new understandings of these concepts, as multifaceted, entwined, temporal and malleable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalChildhood
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 14 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • silence
  • touch
  • children's homes
  • physical contact
  • multidimensionality
  • constellation

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