Children who carry stones in their pockets: on autotelic material practices in everyday life

  title={Children who carry stones in their pockets: on autotelic material practices in everyday life},
  author={Pauliina Rautio},
  journal={Children's Geographies},
  pages={394 - 408}
This paper is based on an ongoing empirical journey into the materiality of children's everyday life environments. The theoretical framework relies on post-humanism relational/new materialism as influenced by Deleuze and Guattari. An inherently rewarding practice, often undertaken by children as if by default – the carrying of stones – is discussed as blurring the unfortunate and artificially produced nature-culture divide. 
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