Summer Spaces: Infrastructures, People and Animals in the Baltic Summers

  • Aija Lulle
  • Pihla Maria Siim
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


For children, spending summers in their parents’ or grandparents’ homeland is a culturally dense practice. The focus of this chapter is on the material infrastructures through which particular time–spaces of translocal childhoods are created. Lulle and Siim discuss how children, parents and grandparents organise their physical spaces and how they experience summer in the Baltic States. The aim is to open up the rural landscape and familial relations from the children’s perspective, focusing particularly on the way these relations are depicted in children’s drawings and narratives. Infrastructural objects, people, nature and animals are all interwoven into subjectivities that influence translocal childhoods. Summer spaces also hint at the shifting meanings of broader processes, such as belonging, urban–rural migration and national ideals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aija Lulle
    • 1
  • Pihla Maria Siim
    • 2
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.University of TartuTartuEstonia

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