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Urban Nature and Childhoods

by Iris Duhn

Urban Nature and Childhoods Synopsis

This book challenges the notion that nature is a city's opposite and addresses the often-overlooked concept of urban nature and how it relates to children's experiences of environmental education. The idea of nature-deficit, as well as concerns that children in cities lack for experiences of nature, speaks to the anxieties that underpin urban living and a lack of natural experiences. The contributors to this volume provide insights into a more complex understanding of urban nature and of children's experiences of urban nature. What is learned if nature is not somewhere else but right here, wherever we are? What does it mean for children's environmental learning if nature is a relationship and not an entity? How can such a relational understanding of urban nature and childhood support more sustainable and more inclusive urban living? In raising challenging questions about childhoods and urban nature, this book will stimulate much needed discussion to provoke new imaginings for researchers in environmental education, childhood studies, and urban studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of Environmental Education Research.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780367334123
Publication date: 23rd July 2019
Author: Iris Duhn
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 118 pages
Categories: Sustainability, Educational strategies & policy, Environmental science, engineering & technology, Conservation of the environment, Teaching of a specific subject, Educational: Sciences, general science,

About Iris Duhn

Iris Duhn is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has a longstanding interest in critical childhood studies, environmental education, and sociology. Karen Malone is a Professor of Education and Research Director at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She writes extensively about childhoods in the Anthropocene and has published extensively in environmental education research. Marek Tesar is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His published writing focuses on childhood studies and philosophy.

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