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Technology-nonhuman-child assemblages: reconceptualising rural childhood roaming

Smith, Thomas and Dunkley, Ria 2018. Technology-nonhuman-child assemblages: reconceptualising rural childhood roaming. Children's Geographies 16 (3) , pp. 304-318. 10.1080/14733285.2017.1407406

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Abstract

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: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1473-3285
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 13 October 2017
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 02:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105692

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