1st Edition

Latin American Transnational Children and Youth Experiences of Nature and Place, Culture and Care Across the Americas

Edited By Victoria Derr, Yolanda Corona Copyright 2021
    262 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Latin American Transnational Children and Youth focuses on understanding young people’s connection to nature and place within a transnational and Latin American context.

    It serves to diversify, elaborate, and sometimes challenge the assumptions made in researching people and place, and unearths the complexities of a world in which the identity of many is not shaped by a single place or culture, but instead by complex interactions among these. Spanning across ages and geographies, the book explores the central themes of sense of place, identity, and environmental action, with an emphasis on Latinx and Indigenous communities. This book balances theoretical questions with geographically contextual empirical research. Each section is situated in current interdisciplinary research and provides geographically specific examples of children and youth’s perspectives on place relations, migration, transnationalism, and an emerging demographic of environmentalists.

    Contributors from Latin America and the United States advance the fields of childhood and youth studies, environmental psychology, geography, sociology, planning, and education. This book looks across the Americas, to see how young people experience their worlds and constructively contribute to their places and environments.


    Victoria Derr

    Perspectives on Place

    1. Children’s Sense of Place in Transnational Contexts: La Querencia Explored

    Victoria Derr

    2. Love and Care for the Land among Children of a Traditional Indigenous Community

    Yolanda Corona-Caraveo and Carlos Pérez

    3. The Notion of Neighborhood: Children’s Perspectives on City and Sense of Place in Mexico City

    Tuline Gülgönen

    4. The Relationship between Outdoor Nature and Latinx Children’s Sense of Place

    Carolina Cuevas, Charissa Fritzen-Pedicini, and Kirsten Beyer

    5. Cultural Hybridities in the Multiethnic Enclave: Generational Perspectives on Neighborhood Identity in Wilshire Center, Los Angeles

    Brady Collins

    Homeland, Belonging, and Transnational Identity

    6. Belonging, Place, and Homeland Nostalgia

    Leah Schmalzbauer

    7. From the Cuchumatanes to the Plain of Flowers: Imagined Nature and Vivid Nature among Indigenous Children in Kuchumatán, Quintana Roo and Xochistlahuaca, Guerrero, Mexico

    Violeta Yurikko Medina Trinidad and Gen Leonardo Ota Otani

    8. In Transit: The Territory from a Child Migrant Experience

    Rosa Maria Meléndez Sánchez

    9. Across Transited Landscapes: Memories and Experiences of Terruño from Young Mexican Immigrants in the United States and Mexico

    Lucía Ortiz Domínguez

    10. Ways of Being and Belonging: Latina Reflections on Development of Environmental Identities

    Victoria Derr, Ana Gonzales, Raquel Hernandez, Kianni Ledezma, Abigail Melchor-Aguila, and Vivian Rivera

    Learning and Expressing Care

    11. Rising Voices: Participatory and Anticolonial Frames for Realizing Young People’s Rights

    Yolanda Corona-Caraveo and Victoria Derr

    12. In Defense of Mother Earth: Rebel Resistance of Zapatista Children in Chiapas, Mexico

    Angélica Rico Montoya

    13. Listening to Elders: Birds and Forests as Intergenerational Links for Nurturing Social-Ecological Memory in the Southern Andes

    José Tomás Ibarra, Antonia Barreau, Julián Caviedes, Natalia Pessa, Jeannette Valenzuela, Sylvia Navarro-Manquilef, Constanza Monterrubio-Solís, Andrés Ried and J. Cristóbal Pizarro

    14. "When We Cut Them, They Feel Pain Too." Indigenous and Afro-Descendent Knowledges in Science Classrooms

    Johanna Rey

    15. The Emergence of Concern for the Natural Environment: Farm Worker Children, Pesticides, and Direct Experience in Nature

    Rachel L. Severson, Phoebe Bean, and Cali Caughie

    16. "I am an Ecomestizo": Significant Life Experiences of Latinx Environmental Professionals

    Jenny de la Hoz

    17. From Paralysis to Activism: Climate Change and World Care by Young People

    Yolanda Corona-Caraveo and Julián Vélez


    Victoria Derr and Yolanda Corona-Caraveo


    Victoria Derr, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, where her teaching and research focus on the intersections between sustainable communities, place-based environmental education, and social justice, particularly in under-represented communities.

    Yolanda Corona holds a Ph.D. in Ethnohistory and is a professor in the Department of Education and Communication at the Autonomous University of Mexico-Xochimilco. Her recent research and teaching include topics of children’s participation and children’s relationship with nature. She provides educational programs about children´s rights to teachers and cultural promoters.