Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Indigenous Youth: Space and Place

  3. Children, Nature, and Environmental Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Susan J. Wake, Sally Birdsall
      Pages 89-113
    3. Clare Austin, Zoe Knowles, Kaye Richards, Mel McCree, Jo Sayers, Nicola D. Ridgers
      Pages 115-136
  4. Children, Young People, and Urban Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Anna Ortiz, Maria Prats Ferret, Mireia Baylina
      Pages 249-268
    3. Oli Mould
      Pages 311-329
    4. Karen Witten, Penelope Carroll
      Pages 331-350
  5. Home Spaces and Homeless Spaces

  6. Border Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 461-461
    2. Barbara Pini, Deborah Morris, Robyn Mayes
      Pages 463-480
    3. Lydia Wood, Stuart Aitken, Kate Swanson
      Pages 499-520
    4. Spyros Spyrou, Miranda Christou
      Pages 521-541
    5. Mercedes G. Jiménez-Álvarez
      Pages 543-562
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 563-566

About this book


This volume demonstrates the multiple ways that space, place and environment interact with children and young people’s lives. The contributors offer a suite of cutting-edge tools and lively examples for theorising how space, place and environment are (con)figured in children and young people’s lives. They demonstrate how the social borders between childhood and adulthood, and spatial borders between rural and urban, countries, neighbourhoods, and institutions, are relationally produced.

The volume is organised into five sections: Indigenous Youth: Space and Place; Children, Nature and Environmental Education; Urban Spaces; Home/less Spaces; and Border Spaces. These themes signal the major issues in cutting-edge children’s geographies scholarship. Diverse geographical contexts are covered in this volume – including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

All of the contributors advocate greater recognition of children and young people’s spatial rights, whether in the home, outdoors, at school, crossing borders, in public and digital spaces, or simply looking for a safe place to sleep. Children and young people’s perspectives on space, place and the environment, and their desire for places to call their own, tie the volume together. The volume is a testament to the politics of the spaces and places of childhood, highlighting how many children and young people face obstacles to living well and to living where they desire.   


Cultural geography Development geography Emotional and affective geography Feminist geography Formation of geographies of children and young peoples

Editors and affiliations

  • Tracey Skelton (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Karen Nairn
    • 1
  • Peter Kraftl
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of GEESUniversity of Birmingham BirminghamUnited Kingdom

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