TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 489-497.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002715

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Conflict and Negotiation: A Review on Children’s Geographies in Recent Western Geography

CHEN Chun,ZHU Hong   

  1. (a.School of Geographical Science;b.Center for Cultural Industry and Cultural Geography,South China Normal University,Guangzhou 510631,China)
  • Online:2015-07-03 Published:2015-07-03

Abstract: Abstract: Until the 1990s, the children were marginalized in the geographical research. With the drive of both human geography and social science, the childhood’s social space and the children’s place experience draw human geographers’ focus. The publication of Children’s Geographies: playing, living, learning and the foundation of the journal- Children’s Geographies indicated that children’s geographies, as a newly-built branch, had come into being and was developing day by day. This review traces back the academic background to the formation of children’s geographies, and analyses the concerned papers in the journal of Children’s Geographies and other three authority journals in the geographic field. After the detailed review, the authors find out two main research topics: 1) the social space of childhood: the adult’s discipline and children’s resistance in public space, school and home; 2) the diversified childhood under the globalization: mobility and difference. Based on this review, the paper proposes the potential research trends in China, aiming at the localization of children’s geographies and the integration with the western research.

Key words: children’s geographies, social space, globalization, place