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Tammi T., Rautio P., Leinonen RM., Hohti R. (2018) Unearthing Withling(s): Children, Tweezers, and Worms and the Emergence of Joy and Suffering in a Kindergarten Yard. In: Cutter-Mackenzie A., Malone K., Barratt Hacking E. (eds) Research Handbook on Childhoodnature. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham.

Unearthing withling(s) : children, tweezers, and worms and the emergence of joy and suffering in a kindergarten yard

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Author: Tammi, Tuure1; Rautio, Pauliina1; Leinonen, Riitta-Marja1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Faculty of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-04-02


While there have been several attempts to account for relationships between humans and nonhuman animals in the social sciences and humanities, the discipline of education has, until recently, steered clear from the so-called animal turn. Drawing on post-anthropocentric theorizations, we introduce a concept of withling(s) and develop it empirically in the context of early years education. In particular, we zoom into one practice of science education at a kindergarten in order to consider what kind of child-animal relations are and might become invoked. Our concept of withling(s) is not an a priori positive relatings, as during the dance between earthworms, pupils, teachers, and technologies, both joy and suffering are invoked simultaneously.

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Series: Springer international handbooks of education
ISSN: 2197-1951
ISSN-E: 2197-196X
ISSN-L: 2197-1951
ISBN: 978-3-319-51949-4
Pages: 1 - 13
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51949-4_68-1
Host publication: Research Handbook on Childhoodnature : Assemblages of Childhood and Nature Research
Host publication editor: Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Amy
Malone, Karen
Barratt Hacking, Elisabeth
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Research Handbook on Childhoodnature. Springer International Handbooks of Education. The final authenticated version is available online at: