Play and Playgrounds in Children’s Geographies

  • Ann Marie F. MurnaghanEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Geographies of Children and Young People book series (GCYP, volume 1)


Research on play and playgrounds covers a huge swath of literature in children’s geographies. Studies on play can be both abstract and material and range from the well-debated differentiation between work and play to the essential nature of children and childhood. Playgrounds on the other hand are concrete, historically public, spaces. Some of the earliest research in the geography of children explored the role of the playground in children’s lives, and their playful activities in the city and country. This chapter will explore theoretical and empirical research on play and playgrounds in children’s geographies. As a review of the field, this chapter will highlight the foundational and current literature on play and playgrounds, including the origins of the Playground Movement, and will integrate the literature that the student of play and playgrounds in children’s geographies should know.


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