How geography affects policies which affect young people

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 23, 2012 10:18 AM |
A new book by a researcher in our Department of Geography takes an innovative approach to the subject, looking at how geographical ideas affect policies relating to young people.

Dr Peter Kraftl, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, has collaborated with two colleagues from the University of Northampton to put together Critical geographies of childhood and youth: Contemporary policy and practice, which is published this week by Routledge.

The book is divided into four sections:

  • (Inter)national youth policies: politics and practices of spatial translation
  • Education and employment policies: learning beyond schools and schools beyond learning
  • Intervening in 'everyday life': scales, practices and the 'spatial imagination' in youth policy and professional practice
  • Concluding reflections: what next and where next for critical geographies of youth policy and practice?

The publisher’s blurb states:

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. The contributions show how local and national concerns remain central to many youth programmes; they also highlight how youth policies are becoming increasingly globalised.
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."

Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth costs £24.99 and is available from the University Bookshop.