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Environment and children’s everyday lives in India and England: Exploring children’s situated perspectives on global-local environmental concerns

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Catherine WalkerORCiD


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Today’s children are growing up in an age of global environmental concern yet amidst important differences in household, regional- and country-level exposures to environmental hazards. This chapter draws on data generated through multi-method PhD research in varied socio-economic contexts within India and England to analyse the discursive and embodied ways that children come into contact with, make sense of and assess their agency to address “global” environmental concerns in situated contexts. It argues that children’s situated experiences and interpretations trouble a binary between global and local concerns, demonstrating how forms of environmental vulnerability map onto wider socio-spatial vulnerabilities while revealing overarching similarities in the ways that children’s structural positioning affects their agency to speak and act. The chapter presents children’s local-global environmental concerns as an area of enquiry with ample potential to progress what Punch (2016) describes as “cross-world” childhood scholarship.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Walker C

Editor(s): A. Twum-Danso Imoh; M. Bourdillon; S. Meichsner

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Global Childhoods Beyond the North-South Divide

Year: 2019

Pages: 207-229

Online publication date: 30/10/2018

Acceptance date: 14/12/2017

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

Place Published: Cham, Switzerland


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-95543-8_11

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783319955421