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Hohti, R., & Tammi, T. (2019). The greenhouse effect: Multispecies childhood and non-innocent relations of care. Childhood, 26(2), 169–185.

The greenhouse effect : multispecies childhood and non-innocent relations of care

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Author: Hohti, Riikka1,2; Tammi, Tuure2
Organizations: 1Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
2University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-01-14


This article examines the relations between human children and other than human animals in a multispecies ethnographic study conducted in an unofficial educational zoo established in a greenhouse in a lower secondary school. The specific focus is on the practices in which the students become responsible carers of animals. The analysis employs the theory of care (de la Bellacasa) and a storytelling approach (Haraway) to develop the concept of multispecies childhood and to offer ways to account for the complexities of lives shared across species.

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Series: Childhood. A global journal of child research
ISSN: 0907-5682
ISSN-E: 1461-7013
ISSN-L: 0907-5682
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Pages: 169 - 185
DOI: 10.1177/0907568219826263
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research is part of the project Significant others – How animals matter as part of children’s everyday life (AniMate), funded by The Emil Aaltonen Foundation.
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