Children, youth and the city

Kathrin Hörschelmann, Lorraine van Blerk

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    More than half of the global and around eighty per cent of the western population grow up in cities. Here, Horschelmann and van Blerk provide a vivid picture of children and youths in the city, how they make sense of it and how they appropriate it through their social actions.

    Considering the causes and forms of social inequalities in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and geographical location, this book discusses specific issues such as poverty, homelessness and work. Each chapter draws on examples and cases from both the developed and developing world, and throughout the chapters, it: • contrasts experiences of growing up in the city • focuses on urban youth culture, consumption and globalization • considers contemporary movements towards the role of children and youths in planning processes.

    Horschelmann and van Blerk argue that youths must be recognised as urban social agents in their own right. Their informative book, though dealing with complex theoretical arguments, relates key ideas to this topical subject in a clear and coherent manner, making this book an excellent resource for students of human geography, urban studies and childhood studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAbingdon
    Number of pages244
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203967560
    ISBN (Print)9780415376938, 9780415376921
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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