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Tammi, T., Hohti, R., & Rautio, P. (2023). From Child–Animal Relations to Multispecies Assemblages and Other-Than-Human Childhoods. Barn – forskning om barn og barndom i Norden, 41(2–3).

From child–animal relations to multispecies assemblages and other-than-human childhoods

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Author: Tammi, Tuure1; Hohti, Riikka2; Rautio, Pauliina1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Helsinki and University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Library, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-10-09


This article discusses how childhood studies could be enriched with a focus on child–animal relations, multispecies assemblages and other-than-human childhoods. First, research on child–animal relations prior to, and at, the animal turn is presented. It is argued that the dominant utilitarian and adult-centered views respond poorly to the significance children themselves see in their relations with other-than-human animals. The article then moves on to the concept of multispecies assemblages. Viewing childhoods as multispecies from the outset allows one to draw attention to the specific and situated relationalities amidst natural, cultural, technological, economic, and political forces. Finally, attention is drawn to other-than-human childhoods. The differences, hierarchies, connections and unequal possibilities that arise from being born and growing up as a member of a distinct species amidst societal processes are discussed. Additionally, childhood is suggested to be an important concept through which to give detail, specificity, and a critical edge to the work of multispecies research.

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Series: Barn. Forskning om barn og barndom i Norden
ISSN: 0800-1669
ISSN-E: 2535-5449
ISSN-L: 0800-1669
Volume: 41
Issue: 2-3
Pages: 140 - 156
DOI: 10.23865/barn.v41.5475
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2023 Tuure Tammi, Riikka Hohti & Pauliina Rautio. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (