chapter  1
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Feminist Poststructuralism and Queer Theory: What do they Offer?

It’s Thursday morning, and I have just arrived in Isabel’s kindergarten classroom. It is center time, a part of the day when children can freely choose a learning center to play at with friends. The room is buzzing with talk and activity. I am barely noticed until Penny catches my eye as she looks up from her seat at the writing center; she gives me a quick smile and wave. Isabel is near the wet-sand table, and I quietly say “hi,” letting her know that I’m here, but I’m also conscious of her need to be focusing on the children in her care, rather than me, the researcher. Before getting settled, I quickly look in my folder, which Isabel kindly made for me and uses to communicate with me about research issues, often placing into it children’s drawings, writings, or other pieces of work that she thinks will interest me. Today I discover a small scrap of paper on which Isabel has scribbled, “Ask me about Raoul’s birthday party!” I find an empty table to sit at, and take my field notebook and tape recorder out of my backpack.