Haraway's ‘bag lady story-telling’: Relocating childhood and learning within a ‘post-human landscape’

Affrica TAYLOR, Mindy BLAISE, Miriam GIUGNI

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

35 Citations (Scopus)


In this article, we explore some alternate ways of approaching childhood and learning by taking three short forays into what Donna Haraway calls a ‘posthuman landscape’. This exploration takes us beyond the horizons of orthodox educational approaches, in which the individual child is typically seen to be developing and learning within his/her (exclusively human) sociocultural context. The post-human landscape relocates childhood within a world that is much bigger than us (humans) and about more than our (human) concerns. It allows us to reconsider the ways in which children are both constituted by and learn within this more-than-human world. Adopting Haraway’s feminist narrative strategy, we offer three very different ‘bag lady’ stories that consider the ethics and politics of child/non-human animal cross-species encounters. Each of these stories gestures towards the ways in which we can learn to live with ‘companion species’ rather than only ever learn about them. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-62
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Issue number1
Early online dateJun 2012
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013



Taylor, A., Blaise, M., & Giugni, M. (2013). Haraway's ‘bag lady story-telling’: Relocating childhood and learning within a ‘post-human landscape’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 34(1), 48-62.


  • Donna Haraway
  • Post-human
  • Feminist method
  • Companion species
  • Relational ethics