Growing dens: On re-grounding the child–nature relationship through a new materialist approach to children’s dens

Jan Arvidsen*

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This paper contributes to the dawning disruption of the prevailing notion of the child–nature relationship through a new materialist reading of children’s dens, and proffers a re-grounded and worldly gaze on the relationship with implications for the promotion of children’s outdoor lives. The study is an ethnographical field study among 10–12-year-old boys in a Danish school. Data were generated through participant observation, and include video recordings and photographs of children’s dens. Drawing on a flat ontology and plugging in key Ingoldian concepts of meshwork and growing (Ingold 2011a, 2013), the analysis suggests that children’s relations to dens cut across taken-for-granted subject–object binaries and go beyond common notions of nature as inert materials. I find that dens are growing in an ever-becoming meshwork comprised by human and non-human intra-actions, and that agency or vitality can be ascribed broadly to the material world. Possible implications for planning are considered.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftChildren's Geographies
Vol/bind16
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)279-291
Antal sider13
ISSN1473-3285
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 4. maj 2018

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