Greedy bags of childhoodnature theories

Karen Malone, Iris Duhn, Marek Tesar

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The purpose of this chapter is to assemble a theoretical toolkit, a greedy bag of possibilities, that can enable childhood-nature encounters to flourish in the Anthropocene and beyond. In this undertaking, our aim is not to put diverse theoretical perspectives into competition with each other but rather to assemble theories as tools which can produce sparks when knocked together. These are theories that can be packed up and taken for a walk. Theories that can help us to get out of sticky situations. And theories which children themselves can use to address the crises which they will inevitably inherit (and already are). As such, this theory-infused section seeks to put multiple philosophical perspectives into consequential relations such that they can become productive in their directions and differences. In this chapter we take stock of theories that have been productive in the field childhood-nature up to this point, while at the same time seeking new theories, which are emerging in direct response to the contemporary planetary turn.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Childhoodnature
Subtitle of host publicationAssemblages of Childhood and Nature Research
EditorsAmy Cutter-Mackenzie, Karen Malone, Elizabeth Barratt Hacking
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319519494
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X


  • Childhood
  • Nature

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