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

ISBN 9780367463885
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
262 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.