The lives and futures of children and animals are linked to environmental challenges associated with the Anthropocene and the acceleration of human-caused extinctions. This book sparks a fascinating interdisciplinary conversation about child-animal relations, calling for a radical shift in how we understand our relationship with other animals and our place in the world.
It adresses issues of interspecies and intergenerational environmental justice through examining the entanglement of children’s and animal’s lives and common worlds. It explores everyday encounters and unfolding relations between children and urban wildlife. Inspired by feminist environmental philosophies and indigenous cosmologies, the book poses a new relational ethics based upon the small achievements of child-animal interactions. It also provides an analysis of animal narratives in children’s popular culture. It traces the geo-historical trajectories and convergences of these narratives and of the lives of children and animals in settler colonised lands.
This innovative book brings together the fields of more-than-human geography, childhood studies, multispecies studies, and the environmental humanities. It will be of interest to students and scholars who are reconsidering the ethics of child-animal relations from a fresh perspective.
Introduction 1. The Common Worlds of Children and Animals 2. Children, Kangaroos, and Deer: A Multispecies Ethics of Conviviality 3. Children, Ants and Worlds: An Environmental Ethics of Vulnerability 4. Children, Bilbies and Spirit Bears: A Decolonising Ethics of Ecological Reconciliation 5. Children, Raccoons and Possums: An Ethics of Staying with the Trouble 6. Indigenous Children and Dogs: A Recuperative Ethics of Kinship Obligation Conclusion. Relational Ethics for Entangled Lives