Childhoodnature and the Anthropocene: An Epoch of “Cenes”

  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-KnowlesEmail author
  • Karen Malone
  • Hilary Whitehouse
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Section Four troubles childhoodnature and the Anthropocene, a scientific and popular term used to described the present human-nature conditions on planet Earth. This section does this through eight contributions which broadly speak to four “cenes,” namely: children in the Anthropocene – child-cene; woman in the Anthropocene – gyno-cene; cities as sites of the Anthropocene, city-cene; and relations with the more than human – kin-cene. The lines though between/within/through these identified cenes are porous and enmeshed as the nonliving, the human, and nonhuman transition between two epochs – the Anthropocene and the Postanthropocene.


Anthropocene Childhoodnature Child-cene Gyno-cene City-cene Kin-cene Postathropocene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karen Malone
    • 2
  • Hilary Whitehouse
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education, Sustainability Environment and the Arts in Education (SEAE) Research ClusterSouthern Cross University, Gold Coast CampusCoolangattaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Education, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
    • 1
  • Karen Malone
    • 2
  • Marianne Krasny
    • 3
  • Hilary Whitehouse
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Education, Gold Coast CampusSouthern Cross UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.Department of EducationFaculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  4. 4.College of Arts, Society and EducationJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

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