The Anthropocene is, firstly, a discourse of the earth systems sciences. However, if humans - in all their historical, cultural, social, economic and political diversity – are differently implicated in the emergence and consequences of the Anthropocene, then Childhood and Youth Studies must critically engage with, and contribute to, debates about these planetary wide changes and their consequences for children and young people.
Well-being, resilience, and enterprise are keywords in many policy, academic and community discourses about contemporary populations of children and young people around the globe. Most often these key-words take the form of psycho-biological based encouragements for young people to care for their own physical, mental and social health and well-being, to develop their resilience, and to become enterprising in a world that is taken-for-granted as being challenging and disruptive.
This collection brings a multi-disciplinary focus to discussions about children and young people’s well-being, resilience, and enterprise to develop new ways of troubling these keywords at a time when planetary systems – atmospheric, oceanic, terran, capitalist - are in crisis.
Peter Kraftl is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Peter Kelly is Head of UNESCO UNEVOC at RMIT University, Australia, and Professor of Education in the School of Education.
Diego Carbajo Padilla is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU).
Anoop Nayak is Professor in Social and Cultural Geography at Newcastle University, UK.
Seth Brown is a Lecturer at RMIT University, Australia and a Program Leader, Exploring Education Ecologies of Well-being, Resilience and Enterprise at UNEVOC@RMIT.
Rosalyn Black is Senior Lecturer in Education at Deakin University, Australia.
1. Plastic Childhoods, Peter Kraftl
2. Recalibrating Resilience: A Feminist Intervention Towards Understanding Children’s Water, Weather, and Waste Relations in Uncertain Times, Mindy Blaise, Jane Merewether, Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Jo Pollitt
3. Soil as Thinking: New Ways, Unearthing Old Ways, Aviva Reed
4. Attuning to Generative Natures of Discomfort with Netflix: Early Childhood Education in Anthropocentric Times, Sarah Hennessy and Adrianne Bacelar de Castro
5. Blasted Places: Smog, Steel and Stigma in a Post-Industrial Region, Anoop Nayak
6. How to do Things with Words, Things, Humans and All The ‘Rest’: Youth, the Anthropocene and the Museum, Jenny Anghelikie Papasotiriou
7. The Anthropocene and the Two-Faced Responsibility of Young People in European Regimes, Kari Paakkunainen
8. Young People and the Anthropocene: Futures, Past and Present? Peter Kelly
9. Young People and the Disruption of Everything: The Possibilities of a ‘Hacker’ Youth Studies, Shane Duggan
10. Knowing Global Youth in/of the Anthropocene, Kate Tilleczek
11. “In a Drunken Sky”: The Paradox of the Anthropocene, Ron Srigley
12. Is There Such a Thing as Youth in the Anthropocene? Michael Marder
Afterword: Spoken Word for the Anthropocene (I), Martxel Mariskal