Kids, raccoons, and roos: awkward encounters and mixed affects

  title={Kids, raccoons, and roos: awkward encounters and mixed affects},
  author={Affrica Taylor and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw},
  journal={Children's Geographies},
  pages={131 - 145}
Within the Western cultural imaginary, child–animal relations are characteristically invoked with fond nostalgia and sentimentality. They are often represented as natural and innocent relations, thick with infantilizing and anthropomorphizing ‘cute’ emotions. Our multispecies ethnographic research – which is conducted in the everyday, lived common worlds of Australian and Canadian children and animals – reveals a very different political and emotional landscape. We find these embodied child… 
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