Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781847428455 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
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Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Contemporary Policy and Practice

Edited by Peter Kraftl, John Horton, and Faith Tucker

Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth

Edited by Peter Kraftl, John Horton, and Faith Tucker

Distributed for Bristol University Press

296 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781847428455 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847428462 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only

This comprehensive book shows how geographical concepts—such as place, scale, mobility, and boundary making—can be put to use by social scientists and practitioners focused on young people. Drawn from cases in Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom, the essays collected here demonstrate that local and national concerns remain central to many youth programs, while also highlighting the increasingly globalized nature of youth policy. Informed by cutting-edge theoretical approaches in human geography, sociology, anthropology, and youth work, Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth will aid anyone working in those fields.

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Notes on contributors

1. Editors’ introduction: critical geographies of childhood and youth
      Peter Kraftl, John Horton and Faith Tucker
Part I: (Inter)national youth policies: politics and practices of spatial translation
2. Making ’youth publics’ and ’neuro-citizens’: critical geographies of contemporary education practice in the UK
      Jessica Pykett
3. Youth policy, neoliberalism and transnational governmentality: a case study of Lesotho and Malawi
      Nicola Ansell, Flora Hajdu, Elsbeth Robson, Lorraine van Blerk, Elodie Marandet
4. ’Brighter futures, greener lives’: children and young people in UK sustainable development policy
      Bethan Evans and Emma-Jay Honeyford
5. Places to go, things to do and people to see: space and activity in English youth work policy
      Richard Davies
Part II: Education and employment policies: learning beyond schools and schools beyond learning
6. The place of aspiration in UK widening participation policy: moving up or moving beyond
      Gavin Brown
7. School choice versus social cohesion: examining the ways education policies shape children’s geographies in the UK
      Susie Weller
8. Lunchtime lock-in: territorialisation and UK school meals policies
      Jo Pike and Derek Colquhoun
9. Informal education in compulsory schooling in the UK: humanising moments, utopian spaces?
      Isabel Cartwright
Part III: Intervening in ’everyday life’: scales, practices and the ’spatial imagination’ in youth policy and professional practice
10. A free for all? Scale and young people’s participation in UK transport planning
      John Barker
11. Including young people in heritage conservation in southern Brazilian cities: the case of Pelotas
      Laura Novo de Azevedo
12. Anchoring identity: the construction of responsibility for and by young offenders in the US
      Alexandra Cox
13. Parenting policy and the geographies of friendship: encounters in an English Sure Start Children’s Centre
      Eleanor Jupp
14. Youth homelessness policy in Wales: improving housing rights and addressing geographical wrongs
      Peter K. Mackie
15. Childhood in South Africa in the time of HIV/AIDS: reconsidering policy and practice
      Amy Norman
Part IV: Concluding reflections
16. Concluding reflections: what next and where next for critical geographies of youth policy and practice?
      Peter Kraftl, John Horton and Faith Tucker
Review Quotes
Tracey Skelton, National University of Singapore

"How a nation treats its youth determines how those young people will treat their nation. This skilfully edited text critically and theoretically interrogates the complex spatialities of youth and education policies; invaluable reading for those working with, and caring for, children and young people."

Rachel Pain, University of Durham
“An outstanding critical analysis of youth policy that puts geography centre-stage. Drawing on diverse case studies, the book interweaves theory and practice—listening to and informing practitioner, academic and young people’s perspectives.”
Lisa K. Tabor | Journal of Cultural Geography
Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth provides a succinct and diverse analysis of the role of space and place in the geographies of children and youth (e.g. education, work, transportation system). The authors build a strong case that children and youth are the social capital of the present and future and that policy needs to be ‘less interested in children as children and more as human beings.’”
Sarah Milles | Social and Cultural Geography
“This edited collection is a welcome addition to literature within children’s geographies due to its unique focus on policy and professional practice in relation to children and young people. Although the sub-discipline is now well established within contemporary human geography—indeed the journal Children’s Geographies is fast approaching its tenth anniversary—there has still been relatively little critical policy analysis of youth programmes, education or other arenas of young people’s lives by geographers. The central contribution of this collection of essays, therefore, is a commitment to theoretically informed critical policy discourse analysis and an explicit aim to highlight the role of geographical concepts (place, scale, mobility and network) in formulations of youth policy and how these matter to young people’s everyday lives.”
Journal of Social Policy
“Critical reading for a robust understanding of the lives of children and young people.” 
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