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Young People’s Geography

Peter Hopkins

in Geography

ISBN: 9780199874002
Published online February 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0068
Young People’s Geography

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Young people’s geographies have emerged largely since the early 1990s or so as an important and lively subfield of human geography. The origins of this subfield are contested; arguably, an interest in the practices of young people can be traced back to those working in the Chicago school of sociology and the research that emerged from this. However, it has generally been feminist social and cultural geographers who have helped take young people’s geographies forward alongside work in children’s geographies. Generally, the study of young people’s lives has a longer history in disciplines such as sociology and cultural studies, so geographers were relatively late in starting to explore the geographies of young people. However, there are now a broad range of sophisticated studies that unpack the complex spatialities of young people’s lives. Research in this area tends to be interdisciplinary and often relies on key studies and contributions from neighboring disciplines. As such, important sources from outside of young people’s geographies are included here where relevant. Given the focus of most work in young people’s geographies, the examples discussed here tend to focus on young people aged sixteen to twenty-five, although some of the work explores the experiences of young people who fall just outside of this age boundary.

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Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography ; Human Geography

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