Greedy Bags of Childhoodnature Theories

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The purpose of this chapter is to assemble a theoretical toolkit, a greedy bag of possibilities, that can enable childhoodnature 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.


Theoretical approaches Diffractive theorizing Speculative figurations Posthumanism New materialism Learning theory Spacetimematterings Place theory Object-oriented Place attachment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationFaculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash University, Peninsula CampusMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Education and Social WorkThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Karen Malone
    • 1
  • Iris Duhn
    • 2
  • Marek Tesar
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Educational ResearchWestern Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash University, Peninsula CampusMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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