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Geographies of Children, Youth and Families An International Perspective

Edited By Louise Holt Copyright 2011
    320 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This edited collection brings together international experts from the vibrant and growing field of geographies of children, youth and families.

    Designed as an introduction to the topic, this book provides an overview of current conceptual and theoretical debates surrounding geographies of children, youth and families, and gives a wide range of examples of cutting-edge research from a variety of national contexts across the globe. The theme of ‘disentangling the socio-spatial contexts of young people and/or their families’ advances debates in the field by emphasising the context of young people’s social agency.

    Geographies of Children, Youth and Families is an invaluable course text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of geography and the social sciences, as well as being of interest to students and practitioners of education, youth work, social policy, and social work.

    1. Introduction: Geographies of Children, Youth and Families, Disentangling the Socio-Spatial Contexts of Young People Across the Globalising World by Louise Holt  2. Geographies of Children, Youth and Families: Defining Achievements, Debating the Agenda by Sarah L. Holloway and Helena Pimlott-Wilson  Part 1: Bodies and Identities  3. Foucault's Children by Chris Philo  4. Building a Sense of Community: Children, Bodies and Social Cohesion by Peter J. Hemming  5. Shutting the Bathroom Door: Parents, Young Teenagers and the Negotiation of Bodily Boundaries at Home by Ruth Lewis  Part 2: The Home, Family and Intergenerational Relationships  6. The Search for Belonging: Youth Identities and Transitions to Adulthood in an African Refugee Context by Kate Hampshire, Gina Porter, Kate Kilpatrick, Peter Kyei, Michael Adjaloo, and George Oppong  7. Travellers, Housing and the (re)Construction of Communities by David Smith and Margaret Greenfields  8. On Not Going Home at the End of the Day: Spatialised Discourses of Family Life in Single Location Home/Workplaces by Julie Seymour  9. Geographies of 'Family' Life: Interdependent Relationships Across the Life Course in the Context of Problem Internet Gambling by Gill Valentine and Kahryn Hughes  10. Negotiating Children's Outdoor Spatial Freedom: Portraits of Three Parisian Families by Olga den Besten  Part 3: Cities and/or Public Spaces  11. Children Living in the City: Gendered Experiences and Desires in Spain and Mexico by Mireia Baylina, Anna Ortiz and Maria Prats  12. Dredging History: the Price of Preservation at La Jolla's Children's Pool by David Lulka and Stuart Aitken  13. Filling the Family's Transport Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa: Young People and Load Carrying in Ghana by Gina Porter, Kathrin Blaufuss and Frank Owusu Acheampong  14. Adult Anxieties Versus Young People's Resistance: Negotiating Access to Public Space in Singapore by Tracey Skelton and Nafisah Bte Abd Hamed  15. Socio-spatial Experiences of Young People under Anti-social Behaviour Legislation in England and Wales by Rachel Manning, Robert Jago and Julia Fionda  Part 4: Institutional Spaces  16. Tears and Laughter at a Sure Start Centre: Preschool Geographies, Policy Contexts by John Horton and Peter Kraftl  17. Social and Educational Inequalities in English State Schools: Exploring the Understandings of Urban White Middle Class Children by Sumi Hollingworth, Katya Williams, Fiona Jamieson and Phoebe Beedell  18. De/re-institutionalising Deafness through the Mainstreaming of Deaf Education in the Republic of Ireland by Elizabeth S. Mathews  19. 'The Teachers seemed a bit Obsessive with Health and Safety': Fieldwork Risk and the Social Construction of Childhood by Victoria Ann Cook


    Louise Holt is Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University, and a member of the Centre for Research in Identity, Community, Society. Her research interests focus on geographies of children, young people, families and disability, and socio-spatial processes of exclusion, inclusion, embodiment and identity, and social capital. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including Progress in Human Geography, Environment and Planning and Children’s Geographies.