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Tammi, T., Hohti, R. (2020) Touching is Worlding: From Caring Hands to World-Making Dances in Multispecies Childhoods. Journal of childhood studies, 45(2), 14-26.

Touching is worlding : from caring hands to world-making dances in multispecies childhoods

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Author: Tammi, Tuure1; Hohti, Riikka2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
2University of Helsinki
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Victoria, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-10-14


In this article we analyze the phenomenon of touch to discuss care and knowing within child-animal relations. The empirical part was conducted as a multispecies ethnography in a comprehensive school with an educational zoo built in a huge greenhouse. Storytelling, Despret’s idea of “versions,” and insights drawn from dance are used to take a close look at touching events between the research participants. From observations of caring hands and the material-discursive dimensions involved in stroking, the article moves on to consider ways of knowing and not-knowing that intertwine and are produced in touch. Finally, touch is discussed as a complex worlding dance that always takes more than two.

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Series: Journal of childhood studies
ISSN: 2371-4107
ISSN-E: 2371-4115
ISSN-L: 2371-4107
Volume: 45
Issue: 2
Pages: 14 - 26
DOI: 10.18357/jcs452202019736
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2020 Tuure Tammi, Riikka Hohti. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.