Childhood, Science Fiction, and Pedagogy

Children Ex Machina

  • David W. Kupferman
  • Andrew Gibbons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. David W. Kupferman, Andrew Gibbons
    Pages 1-15
  3. Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Affect

  5. Pedagogy

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Paul Levinson, Petar Jandrić
      Pages 211-226
  7. David W. Kupferman, Andrew Gibbons
    Pages C1-C1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 227-229

About this book


This book invites readers to both reassess and reconceptualize definitions of childhood and pedagogy by imagining the possibilities - past, present, and future - provided by the aesthetic turn to science fiction. It explores constructions of children, childhood, and pedagogy through the multiple lenses of science fiction as a method of inquiry, and discusses what counts as science fiction and why science fiction counts.


The book examines the notion of relationships in a variety of genres and stories; probes affect in the convergence of childhood and science fiction; and focuses on questions of pedagogy and the ways that science fiction can reflect the status quo of schooling theory, practice, and policy as well as offer alternative educative possibilities. Additionally, the volume explores connections between children and childhood studies, pedagogy and posthumanism. The various contributors use science fiction as the frame of reference through which conceptual links between inquiry and narrative, grounded in theories of media studies, can be developed.


Childhood studies and science fiction sociology of childhood childhood and popular culture cultural studies as method theorizing science fiction pedagogy and science fiction childhood and power in science fiction childhood and horror childhood and posthumanism childhood and dystopia technology and childhood science fiction and agency childhood and affect in science fiction child in the post-anthropocene

Editors and affiliations

  • David W. Kupferman
    • 1
  • Andrew Gibbons
    • 2
  1. 1.Minnesota State University MoorheadMoorheadUSA
  2. 2.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-6209-5
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-6210-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-3408
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-3416
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