Children's Geographies is an overview of a rapidly expanding area of cutting edge research. Drawing on original research and extensive case studies in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, the book analyses children's experiences of playing, living and learning.
The diverse case studies range from an historical analysis of gender relationss in nineteenth century North American playgrounds through to children's experiences of after school care in contemporary Britain, to street cultures amongst homeless children in Indonesia at the end of the twentieth century. Threaded through this empirical diversity, is a common engagement with current debates about the nature of childhood.
The individual chapters draw on contemporary sociological understandings of children's competence as social actors. In so doing they not only illustrate the importance of such an approach to our understandings of children's geographies, they also contribute to current debates about spatiality in the social studies of childhood.
Children's geographies and the new social studies of childhood / Sarah L. Holloway, Gill Valentine -- Playing -- Melting geography: purity, disorder, childhood and space / Owain Jones -- Children's strategies for creating playspaces: negotiating independence in rural Bolivia / Samantha Punch -- The 'street as thirdspace' / Hugh Matthews, Melanie Limb, Mark Taylor -- 'Nothing to do, nowhere to go?': teenage girls and 'public' space in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales / Tracey Skelton -- Time for a party!: making sense of the commercialisation of leisure space for children / John H. Mckendrick, Michael G. Bradford, Anna V. Fielder -- Living -- Play, rights and borders: gender-bound parents and the social construction of children / Stuart C. Aitken -- Home and movement: children constructing 'family time' / Pia Christensen, Allison James, Chris Jenks -- Transforming cyberspace: children's interventions in the new public sphere / Gill Valentine, Sarah L. Holloway, Nick Bingham -- Young carers in Southern Africa: exploring stories from Zimbabwean secondary school students / Elsbeth Robson, Nicola Ansell -- Home sweet home?: Street children's sites of belonging / Harriott Beazley -- Learning -- Playing the part: performing gender in America's playgrounds / Elizabeth A. Gagen -- Walk on the left!: Children's geographies and the primary school / Shaun Fielding -- 'Out of school', in school: a social geography of out of school childcare / Fiona Smith, John Barker.
Published: 18th May 2000