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)245-261
Number of pages17
JournalChildhood
Early online date21 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Mar 2021

Keywords

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

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