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Theorising Posthuman Childhood Studies
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Theorising Posthuman Childhood Studies (Hardback)

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This book is a genealogical foregrounding and performance of conceptions of children and their childhoods over time. We acknowledge that children's lives are embedded in worlds both inside and outside of structured schooling or institutional settings, and that this relationality informs how we think about what it means to be a child living and experiencing childhood. The book maps the field by taking up a cross-disciplinary, genealogical niche to offer both an introduction to theoretical underpinnings of emerging theories and concepts, and to provide hands-on examples of how they might play out. This book positions children and their everyday lived childhoods in the Anthropocene and focuses on the interface of children's being in the everyday spaces and places of contemporary communities and societies. In particular this book examines how the shift towards posthuman and new materialist perspectives continues to challenge dominant developmental, social constructivist and structuralist theoretical approaches in diverse ways, to help us to understand contemporary constructions of childhoods. It recognises that while such dominant approaches have long been shown to limit the complexity of what it means to be a child living in the contemporary world, the traditions of many Eurocentric theories have not addressed the diversity of children's lives in the majority of countries or in the Global South.

EducationEducation TheoryPhilosophy & theory of educationEducationEducation TheorySchoolsPre-school & kindergartenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociology Publisher: Springer Verlag, Singapore Publication Date: 10/12/2020 ISBN-13: 9789811581748  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. Karen Malone is Professor of Education and Research Director, in the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Swinburne University of Technology. Professor Malone researches in urban ecologies, science and environmental education, childhood studies with a specific focus on children's encounters of damaged urban landscapes. She has received over 2.4 million dollars in funded research projects during her career and authored 9 books and over 100 other publications. Her most recent sole-authored book Children in the Anthropocene explores her research interest in child/hoods entangled in messy urban ecologies in South America and Kazakhstan. It was published in early 2018. She is co-author of the International Research Handbook on Childhoodnature and first named author of an edited collection Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times. Dr. Marek Tesar is an Associate Professor of childhood studies and early childhood education, and the Associate Dean International at the University of Auckland. His current scholarship is in early childhood education in New Zealand as well as in cross-country contexts. His work focuses on educational policy, philosophy, pedagogy, methodology and curriculum, and draws on his background as a qualified teacher as well as his extensive knowledge of international education systems. Marek's research and scholarship is underpinned by notions of a fair and democratic society, in which creative thinking and disciplines shape professional practice, and where the child's voice and participation, particularly in early childhood, are taken seriously. Dr. Sonja Arndt is a lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and is the Vice President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). Sonja's teaching and research are grounded in a long history in early childhood education in New Zealand and internationally, with a particular focus on the formation of the subject, cultural and professional identity, otherness and relationality, nature and human and more than human relationships with it, and what it means to be other, even to oneself. With her methodological elevation of philosophical thought her aim is to inspire encounters with and through critical theoretical and every day engagements with children and childhoods.

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