Sustaining Childhood Natures

The Art of Becoming with Water

  • Sarah Crinall

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Sarah Crinall
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 231-245

About this book


This book examines sustainability learning with children, art and water in the new material, posthuman turn. A query into how we might sustain (our) childhood natures, the spaces between bodies and places are examined ontologically in daily conversations. Regarding philosophy, art, water and her children, the author asks, how can I sustain waterways if I am not sustaining myself?
Theoretically disruptive and playful, the book introduces a new philosophy that combines existing philosophies of the new material and posthuman kind. The ecological sciences, and the arts, are drawn together / apart to help recognize sustainability in its emergent, relational form. All the while this book, as art, engages and flows over the reader – as such, reading it becomes a transformative, meditative experience. Daily rhythms of ‘being-with’ art, water and children take the reader beyond orientations of environmental education that focus on notions of lack and reduction. New possibilities for sustaining childhood natures – for what is becoming, and unbecoming – emerge here in the making processes of an academic, everyday life in early motherhood.


Children and Water Childhood and the Everyday Artful Everyday Life Posthumanism Anthropocene Emergence Sustainable Education Developments in Australia Place-based Learning Thinking with Water Arts-based Inquiry New Possibilities of Sustenance Becoming and Unbecoming The Making Process of Everyday Life Everyday Life with Water

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Crinall
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3006-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3007-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-3408
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-3416
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