Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth: Contemporary Policy and Practice

Peter Kraftl (Editor), John Horton (Editor), Faith Tucker (Editor)

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This original book explores the importance of geographical processes for policies and professional practices related to childhood and youth. Contributors from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds explore how concepts such as place, scale, mobility and boundary-making are important for policies and practices in diverse contexts. Chapters present both comprehensive cutting-edge academic research and critical reflections by practitioners working in diverse contexts, giving the volume wide appeal. The focus on the role of geographical processes in policies and professional practices that affect young people provides new, critical insights into contemporary issues and debates. The contributions show how local and national concerns remain central to many youth programmes; they also highlight how youth policies are becoming increasingly globalised. Examples are taken from the UK, the Americas and Africa.

The chapters are informed by and advance contemporary theoretical approaches in human geography, sociology, anthropology and youth work, and will be of interest to academics and higher-level students in those disciplines. The book will also appeal to policy-makers and professionals who work with young people, encouraging them to critically reflect upon the role of geographical processes in their own work.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Print)9781847428455
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2012


  • Childhood
  • Human geography
  • Policy
  • Practice
  • Youth


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