Technology-nonhuman-child assemblages: reconceptualising rural childhood roaming

Smith, T. A. and Dunkley, R. (2018) Technology-nonhuman-child assemblages: reconceptualising rural childhood roaming. Children's Geographies, 16(3), pp. 304-318. (doi: 10.1080/14733285.2017.1407406)

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This paper argues for reconceptualising how children use technology ‘outdoors’ as a technology-nonhuman-child assemblage, or roaming pathway. Founded in contemporary fears about children’s reduced opportunities to access nature and roam in rural environments, in part due to the ubiquitous presence of technology in their lives, we instead illustrate how the agencies of technologies and plants are folded into children’s outdoor roaming. Combining visual methods, video analysis and qualitative geovisualisation, and in collaboration with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, this paper exposes how assemblages are contingently brought into being through the actions of what technologies, plants and children do together. We demonstrate how the agentic capacities of non-humans and technologies are assembled through children’s imaginative interaction with them, and how these imaginative interactions make such agencies visible.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dunkley, Dr Ria
Authors: Smith, T. A., and Dunkley, R.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith
Journal Name:Children's Geographies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1473-3277
Published Online:23 November 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Children's Geographies 16(3): 304-318
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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