“Well, now I’m upset”: Moral and social orders in the playground

Morality in Practice - Exploring Childhood, Parenthood and Schooling in Everyday Life - Jakob Cromdal

Maryanne Theobald [+-]
Queensland University of Technology
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Maryanne Theobald is Senior Lecturer in Education at Queensland University of Technology, (QUT). Her research interests include children’s participation in the early years, and children’s talk-in-interaction in disputes and friendships in the home, school, playground, with digital technologies and in multilingual contexts. Maryanne's methodological expertise is in qualitative approaches including ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, and participatory research using video-playback. Maryanne has experience as editor currently editing a special volume on children’s peer cultures within multilingual settings from various theoretical and methodological lenses (Emerald,2017) and has co-edited an ethnomethodological collection, Disputes in everyday life (Emerald, 2012). Maryanne is unit coordinator in various units in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, including a foundational unit on historical and comparative perspectives in early childhood.
Susan Danby [+-]
Queensland University of Technology
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Professor Susan Danby’s areas of expertise are in early years language and social interaction, childhood studies, and early literacy. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative approaches, including ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. She has published in the following areas: qualitative research, classroom discourse, helpline talk, gender, classroom interaction, early childhood education pedagogy, talk and interaction, children’s work and play, teacher-student interactions.


Issues of morality and children have traditionally been investigated within the realm of developmental psychology, treating the human ability to adopt certain values as a matter of individual and cognitive growth. As an alternative, this book approaches the morality of young persons from a practice oriented perspective. In essence, such an approach adopts a view of morality as something participants jointly accomplish in going about their everyday social affairs. That is to say, rather than relying on developmental theory or moral philosophy in exploring the moral worlds of young persons, a practice oriented approach adopts a primarily empirical stance, leaning on qualitative analysis of naturally occurring social interaction as found in, for example, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and discursive psychology. This collection brings together scholars from Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. Twelve empirical chapters focus on different aspects of everyday morality as practiced among children and youth as well as a range of participants who act in their role as adults, lay or professional, to foster, educate and in various ways support young people in daily life. The volume opens with an introductory chapter by the editors, who briefly present a practice based perspective on morality, situating at the same time the individual chapters within the fields of discursive research on children and youth in society.

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Theobald, Maryanne ; Danby, Susan. “Well, now I’m upset”: Moral and social orders in the playground. Morality in Practice - Exploring Childhood, Parenthood and Schooling in Everyday Life. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2024. ISBN 9781845539306. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25144. Date accessed: 17 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25144. Nov 2024

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