From Child–Animal Relations to Multispecies Assemblages and Other-Than-Human Childhoods


  • Tuure Tammi University of Oulu, Finland
  • Riikka Hohti University of Helsinki and University of Oulu, Finland
  • Pauliina Rautio University of Oulu, Finland


This article discusses how childhood studies could be enriched with a focus on child–animal relations, multispecies assemblages and other-than-human childhoods. First, research on child–animal relations prior to, and at, the animal turn is presented. It is argued that the dominant utilitarian and adult-centered views respond poorly to the significance children themselves see in their relations with other-than-human animals. The article then moves on to the concept of multispecies assemblages. Viewing childhoods as multispecies from the outset allows one to draw attention to the specific and situated relationalities amidst natural, cultural, technological, economic, and political forces. Finally, attention is drawn to other-than-human childhoods. The differences, hierarchies, connections and unequal possibilities that arise from being born and growing up as a member of a distinct species amidst societal processes are discussed. Additionally, childhood is suggested to be an important concept through which to give detail, specificity, and a critical edge to the work of multispecies research.

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Tammi, T., Hohti, R., & Rautio, P. (2023). From Child–Animal Relations to Multispecies Assemblages and Other-Than-Human Childhoods. Barn – forskning om barn og barndom i Norden, 41(2–3).




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child–animal relations, assemblage, multispecies, animal turn, other-than-human childhood