RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013

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208 'Changing Children's Geographies', a lecture sponsored by Children's Geographies
Convenor(s) Peter Kraftl (University of Leicester)
Chair(s) Peter Kraftl (University of Leicester)
Timetable Thursday 29 August 2013, Session 4 (16:50 - 18:30)
Room Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre G34
Session abstract Professor Sarah L. Holloway is a Social Geographer from Loughborough University. Her research interests centre on the twin themes of ‘Children, Youth and Families’ and ‘Geographies of Education’. Two of her recent projects explore: higher education mobility and the gendered accrual of cultural capital; and primary schools’ role in the growth of enrichment activities for children and increased support for parents. Professor Holloway has been a Philip Leverhulme Prize winner, a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, and has received research funding from the ESRC, the JRF and consultancy sources.
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Changing Children's Geographies
Sarah Holloway (Loughborough University, UK)
Children’s Geographies emerged from diverse roots within the discipline and through engagement with wider academic and political projects. In this paper, I trace the development of sub-disciplinary thinking and explore how its varied threads are being reworked in the contemporary context. To illustrate my argument, I draw on research which explores children’s, parents’ and policy makers’ views on enrichment activities. Enrichment activities – including individual and collective cultural, leisure and sporting activities – are increasingly institutionalising children’s play in the Global North. Research with pupils, parents and professionals illustrates the changes occurring in the socio-spatial organisation of children’s and parents’ lives, as well as in the education and ‘edutainment’ sectors. During the course of the paper, I reflect on each of these groups’ voices to exemplify the ways different threads in the development of Children’s Geographies are currently being reformulated to help us explore new geographical frontiers.