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Children as a new climate precariat: A conceptual proposition
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för säkerhetespolitik och strategi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0389-6095
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Leadership Division, Karlstad.
2022 (English)In: Current Sociology, ISSN 0011-3921, E-ISSN 1461-7064, Vol. 70, no 5, p. 781-797Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article proposes that children constitute a new climate precariat. This conceptualization contributes to a more comprehensive theoretical understanding of the vulnerability of children in relation to the climate crisis. Previous literature tends to treat climate change in an abstract fashion that renders today’s children invisible. Climate precarity consists of three main elements of vulnerability: temporality problems, insecurity and an identity vacuum. In relation to temporality and security, children are suffering from the potential loss of a sustainable future, which spurs the need for urgent action and constant consciousness – in the present. World leaders’ inaction creates an uncertainty regarding whom should be held responsible for taking action in guaranteeing children the future which climate change is at risk of depriving them. The concept of climate precarity could be used to explain children’s collective action in relation to the climate crisis. Children’s concerns in relation to the climate crisis suggest that agency and empowerment are spurred through their resistance towards these vulnerabilities.

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2022. Vol. 70, no 5, p. 781-797
Keywords [en]
agency, children, climate crisis, climate precariat, security, vulnerability
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik; Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9699DOI: 10.1177/0011392120975461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9699DiVA, id: diva2:1525419
Available from: 2021-02-03 Created: 2021-02-03 Last updated: 2022-08-02Bibliographically approved

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