Playing the part: Performing gender in America’s playgrounds

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren’s Geographies
Subtitle of host publicationPlaying, Living, Learning
EditorsSarah L. Holloway, Gill Valentine
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-0415207300, 0415207304
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Publication series

NameCritical Geographies


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