Children who carry stones in their pockets

 

Pauliina Rautio explored ways in which children and their social and material surroundings are interdependent.  In the first phase of the study twelve Finnish children of ages four to seven agreed to help me out in studying “things, objects and beings”. The children were provided with small plain wooden boxes with lids and instructed to bring these boxes to our research meetings, filled with whatever they chose.  In the second phase of the study five children from the first phase continued to meet with me in diverse urban settings of our choice throughout one winter.  Drawing on post-humanist, sociomaterial/new materialist and methodologically post-qualitative, the research design was multimodal and adapted on-the-go. It addressed relations and processes and sought to complement the messiness and complexity of everyday life.

 

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