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Geographies of alternative educationDiverse learning spaces for children and young people$
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Peter Kraftl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300496.001.0001

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Conceptual frameworks: towards geographies of alternative education

Conceptual frameworks: towards geographies of alternative education

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(p.23) Two Conceptual frameworks: towards geographies of alternative education
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Geographies of alternative education
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Peter Kraftl

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300496.003.0002

This chapter introduces the key conceptual frameworks that are deployed and developed in the book. It begins by situating the book within recent geographies of education and childhood, sub-disciplinary concerns that form the immediate context for this book and my own research. It then highlights three theoretical strands that inform the analysis and which each defy simple labels: ‘radical’ theories of education, informal education, and alternative education; diverse economic and autonomous geographies; nonrepresentational geographies and the politics of life-itself. Cross-reference to longer-standing work on sociologies of education and education studies is also made throughout this chapter. Attention is also paid to critiques of ‘radical’ and alternative education approaches.

Keywords:   Geographies of education, Sociologies of education, Children's geographies, Radical/democratic education, Diverse economic practices, Autonomous geographies, Alternative education, Nonrepresentational geographies, Affect/emotion, Politics of life-itself

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