Handbook of Urban Geography
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Handbook of Urban Geography

Edited by Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kempen

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
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Chapter 23: Children’s geographies: encounters and experiences

Peter Kraftl


This chapter provides an overview of children’s geographers’ research in urban places. It draws upon examples from around the world as well as case studies from the author’s recent published research. It emphasizes research that is not only situated in urban spaces but where urban processes, thematics and sociabilities are foregrounded. In doing so, it examines three of the most significant themes in both classic and cutting-edge studies of children in urban places: mobilities; tensions; materialities. The chapter concludes by reflecting upon two key issues that have driven debate in children’s geographies in recent years: first, the relative lack of cross-fertilization between children’s geographies and urban studies; second, the possible political importance of research with children, and especially their everyday encounters and experiences with/in urban places.

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