This edited collection presents stories of children and young people’s entanglements with times of ongoing crisis in the Anthropocene. The authors use biographical narratives and arts-based methodologies to further the discussion surrounding young people’s well-being, resilience, and enterprise. Through these stories, they seek to critically engage with the literature on the Anthropocene and interrogate concepts such as agency, structure, and belonging.
Peter Kelly is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at Deakin University. Peter’s current research interests include a critical engagement with young people, their well-being, resilience and enterprise, and the challenges associated with the emergence of the Anthropocene. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, these interests are framing the development of a research agenda titled: COVID-19 and Young People’s Well-being, Education, Training and Employment Pathways: Scenarios for Young People’s Sustainable Futures.
Peter Kraftl is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research looks at the intersection between children, young people and the environment, with a particular interest in urban and education spaces. He has published ten books (most recently, After Childhood, Routledge) and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on these topics. Peter has been an Editor of the journals Children’s Geographies and Area and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).
Diego Carbajo Padilla is an assistant professor and researcher of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Spain). His main research interests articulate concepts such as youth, precarity and/or entrepreneurship. These interests are concretised in publications around the concept of global grammars of entreprise, young people’s residential transitions and the squatter social movement in the Basque Country.
Rosalyn Black is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Education at Deakin University, Australia. Her research interests meet at the intersection of the sociologies of education and youth. It draws on poststructuralist perspectives to critically analyse young people’s relationship to democratic systems; the role of schools and universities in constructing young people as citizens; and the geographies of young people’s lived experiences of citizenship, especially in contexts of social inequality.
Deborah MacDonald is the Senior Research Associate and Manager of Dr. Kate Tilleczek’s Young Lives Research Lab at York University in Toronto, Canada, where she supports unique collaboration and research with/by/for young people and their communities to learn about their lives and experiences and to work with them to co-design forms of education that better support the wellbeing of people and planet.
Meave Noonan is an Associate Researcher at UNESCO UNEVOC at RMIT University. Meave completed her PhD in the sociology of youth and education, and her research interests include young people, education and training, and economic and labour market change, with a focus on critical understandings of young people’s ‘human capital’ and enterprise in the Anthropocene. Meave has contributed her research skills to a variety of projects, including an evaluation of the role that school networks can play in improving student outcomes in disadvantaged schools, and a study of young service workers and employment politics.
Ana Sofia Ribeiro is a researcher in the fields of Education and Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is interested in sociology of education, children and youth, human development, art-based methodologies and disasters. She teaches research methods. Her current research focuses rural youth recovery from wildfire disasters, and also public employment services tracking of rural NEET youth.
Part 1: Young People, Action, Being and Belonging in the Anthropocene
Chapter 1: Refuge Anna Hickey-Moody
Chapter 2: Young people and wildfire disasters: a capability for safety? Ana Sofia Ribeiro
Chapter 3: Confident, creative and enterprising young people? The school strike for climate and lessons for Australian education Meave Noonan and James Goring
Chapter 4: Dwell with Absence Selena de Carvalho
Part 2: Education in/of/for the Anthropocene
Chapter 5: We are all Children of Mapu Ñuke: Anticolonial Education with/by/for Youth Wellbeing Pablo Aránguiz, Deborah MacDonald and Kate Tilleczek.
Chapter 6: Schooling young people for the Anthropocene? Land, livestock and learning in rural Lesotho Nicola Ansell and Claire Dungey
Chapter 7: Reacting to Uncertainty, Seeking Hope: The University Student as Homo PromptusLucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black
Chapter 8: Reconceptualizing Eco-literacy and its didactical (pedagogical) purpose in ecologically challenging times Kassahun Weldemariam
Part 3: Stories of Human and More than Human Entanglements in the Anthropocene
Chapter 9: The relational world of gardens, young people and climate change in Tanna, Vanuatu Jean Mitchell
Chapter 10: Young people, Asinotherapy and Trust: Experimental Sociologies for the Anthropocene Diego Carbajo Padilla
Chapter 11: The estuary was dead: childhood and youth memories on bonds, pollution and the transformation of the Nervión River in post-industrial, metropolitan Bilbao Sandra González Durán
Chapter 12: Rethinking socio-ecological models of young people’s well-being, resilience and enterprise in the Chthulucene Seth Brown
Coda Martxel Mariskal
A powerful, haunting, enigmatic, beautiful, intriguing, diverse, heart-rending collection of creative, academic and interdisciplinary work on youth, stories and the Anthropocene. So many amazing moments. Not a book that can be put down or walked-away-from easily