(Re)considering Squirrel––From Object of Rescue to Multispecies Kin

Angela Molloy Murphy

Abstract


This is a story situated in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, where encounters with a non-native “rescue” squirrel present disequilibrium for an educator and surprises for an early childhood classroom community. Thinking with Haraway, Latour, and common world frameworks challenges the educator’s “back to nature” narrative and generates opportunities to engage with different perspectives about the intersection of nature and culture, human and nonhuman kin, and the limiting quality of anthropocentric, child-centered pedagogies in early childhood education.


Keywords


ECE; anthropocentrism; throwntogetherness; contact zone; common worlds

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/jcs.v43i1.18265

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