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Huuki, T., Lanas, M. (2019). Child–Adult. In: Rautio, P., Stenvall, E. (eds) Social, Material and Political Constructs of Arctic Childhoods. Children: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories. Springer, Singapore.

Child–adult : Sámi child–adult/past–present entanglements in a painful lecture at university

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Author: Huuki, Tuija1; Lanas, Maija1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2019
Publish Date: 2022-09-30


The concluding chapter of the book is written by Tuija Huuki and Maija Lanas. It addresses Arctic child-adult/past-present entanglements in a painful past-present lecture at university. Tuija and Maija create a chapter where they approach childhood with post-individual and non-anthropocentric theories of subjectivity. They point out how experiences are seen beyond subject–object and Past–Present distinction by exploring how affectivity operates through and with these binary oppositions. To illustrate their understanding, they use Tuija’s memories about her Sami childhood and present adulthood as a university lecturer. They show how the past as part of the present, when “past jumps into the present” and childhood memories take over the adult present. Different elements work together and become constitutive forces through which affectivity operates. Through their chapter, Tuija and Maija point out the importance of understanding “child as emerging within intersections of past events and an adult as emerging at an intersection of past events”.

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Series: Children. Global posthumanist perspectives and materialist theories
ISSN: 2523-3408
ISSN-E: 2523-3416
ISSN-L: 2523-3408
ISBN: 978-981-13-3161-9
ISBN Print: 978-981-13-3160-2
Pages: 139 - 153
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-3161-9_9
Host publication: Social, material and political constructs of arctic childhoods : an everyday life perspective
Host publication editor: Rautio, Pauliina
Stenvall, Elina
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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