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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

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

Peter Kraftl

Policy Press

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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