Time for a party! Making sense of the commercialisation of leisure space for children

John H. McKendrick, Michael Bradford, Anna Fielder

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Book abstract: 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 relations 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: Playing, Living, Learning
EditorsSarah L. Holloway, Gill Valentine
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780203017524
ISBN (Print)9780415207300
Publication statusPublished - May 2000

Publication series

NameCritical Geographies


  • children
  • leisure spaces
  • play
  • commercialisation


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