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Geographies of Alternative Education


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Introduction; Conceptual frameworks: towards geographies of alternative education; Alternative learning spaces in the UK: background to the case studies used in this book; Connection/disconnection: positioning alternative learning spaces; Mess/order: materials, timings, feelings; Movement/embodiment: learning habits (I); Inter/personal relations: scale, love and learning habits (II); Towards the `good life': alternative visions of learning, love and life-itelf; Conclusion: Geographies of alternative education and the value of autonomous learning.

About the Author

Peter Kraftl is Reader in Human Geography at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the author of over 40 journal articles and book chapters on children's geographies, mainstream and alternative education spaces, and architecture. He is co-editor of Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth (The Policy Press, 2012) and a co-editor of the journal Children's Geographies.


"This exceptional text redefines the agenda in geographies of education by making a fascinating case for the analysis of alternative educational settings and lucidly demonstrating how this contributes to wider conceptual debates in geography and elsewhere." -- Sarah Holloway, Professor of Human Geography, Loughborough University "Geographies of Alternative Education is an indispensable resource for anyone who cares about the future of education. By carefully and imaginatively exploring the complex intersections between 'alternative' and 'mainstream' education, Peter Kraftl brings to light a diverse range of ways of doing and thinking about education." Dr Ben Anderson, Durham University "Scholars, educators, and policy-makers will find this to be a valuable resource given that it is a hopeful theoretical and political project around education and learning." Yi'En Cheng, Children's Geographies (2013). "Organised thematically, the book conveys a feeling of careful distillation...a complex path that carefully lays out a rhizomatic integration of the social and spatial...the book has a broad range, useful as a way of scoping the field" Mel McCree, University of Plymouth, Ecological artist, Educator and Writer "Kraftl uses his meticulously undertaken research to offer the reader far more than a straightforward study of the characteristics of alternative education. As such, I recommend the book highly." Geographical Research

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