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Children's Well-Being and Interpretive Reproduction


This chapter examines children's well-being from the perspective of interpretive reproduction. The term interpretive captures the innovative and creative aspects of children's participation in society. Children create and participate in their own peer cultures by creatively appropriating information from the adult world to address their own peer concerns. In examining children's well-being from the perspective of interpretive reproduction, there is concentration on children themselves and especially their agency in their collective actions with adults and each other. This chapter maintains that children contribute to their own well-being as early as the first years of life and create highly complex peer cultures in the preschool and preadolescent years. This chapter highlights routines such as sociodramatic role-play, fantasy play, the protection of interactive space, and approach-avoidance play in the culture of preschool