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Murris, Karin (2021) The ‘missing peoples’ of critical posthumanism and new materialism. In: Murris, K. (Ed.). Navigating the Postqualitative, New Materialist and Critical Posthumanist Terrain Across Disciplines: An Introductory Guide, (pp. 62-85). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003041177

The ‘missing peoples’ of critical posthumanism and new materialism

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Author: Murris, Karin1,2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu (Finland)
2University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202201111812
Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-06-29
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Abstract

This chapter responds to arguments claiming that posthumanists are unaware of their own location and make universalising claims about ‘the’ human while silent about past and present non-western or Indigenous scholarship, children’s philosophising and their way of life. They are thereby perpetuating coloniality and ontoepistemic injustice. Focusing on the implications for research practices, three examples from practice are woven through, making existing connections explicit between the so-called ‘missing peoples’ of posthumanism: Indigenous peoples and young children. This chapter’s multilayered text investigates posthuman relationality and the ‘missing peoples’ of critical posthumanism in the context of ontoepistemic injustice. My proposal is that young children’s animistic philosophising helps to disrupt the western humanist colonising binaries such as those between science and religion, matter and meaning, heaven and earth, alive and dead, human and nonhuman. Doing justice to age-less animistic thinking has unsettling implications for postqualitative research, not only in education and the critical posthumanities, but across disciplines in higher education.

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ISBN: 978-1-003-04117-7
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-48472-9
Pages: 62 - 85
Host publication: Navigating the postqualitative, new materialist and critical posthumanist terrain across disciplines : an introductory guide
Host publication editor: Murris, Karin
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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Copyright information: © 2021 The Author. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Navigating the Postqualitative, New Materialist and Critical Posthumanist Terrain Across Disciplines: An Introductory Guide on 29 December 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003041177.