How do environmental policies link to dynamic and relational family practices for children and parents? This Policy Press Short presents innovative cross-national research into how ‘environment’ is understood and negotiated within families, and how this plays out in everyday lives.
Based on an ESRC study that involved creative, qualitative work with families in India and the UK who live in different contexts, this book illuminates how environmental practices are negotiated within families, and how they relate to values, identities and society. In doing so, it contributes to understanding of the ways in which families and childhood are constructed as sites for intervention in climate change debates.
In an area that is increasingly of concern to governments, NGOs and the general public, this timely research is crucial for developing effective responses to climate change.
Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Sciences, UCL Institute of Education and from 2016-8 is the Erkko Professor at the Helsinki University Collegium for Advanced Studies.
Janet Boddy is Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex, where she directs the cross-disciplinary Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY).
Catherine Walker is a Research Associate in Human Geography at the University of Leicester; in 2016, she completed her PhD at the UCL Institute of Education in London.
Uma Vennam is Professor of Social Work and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of SPMVV, the Women’s University in Tirupati, where she leads qualitative research in India for the Young Lives study (www.younglives.org.uk).
Everyday engagement with climate change;
Ways of understanding family practices across contexts;
Environmental affordances and the work of everyday family lives;
Environmental concerns, identities and practices;
Children are the future? Power, generation and environmental practices;
Negotiating environments in children's and families' everyday lives.
"Offers important insights on engaging families and compelling recommendations for communication about climate change, including greater focus on political agency." Clare Shakya, Director of Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development