This informative book examines the power of young people’s social relationships in schools to transform, or more often, to continue, differences that pervade societies: mind-body-emotional differences or Special Educational Needs and Disability, gender, poverty, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and their intersections.
"In this wonderful engagement with the ways young people are immersed and engaged in the world, Louise Holt brings together research, ideas and musings about schools and schooling at a time when those institutions, spaces and practices are under siege. With an ironic focus on the futurity of young people she wonders why they are side-lined and ignored when they have so much to say and do. Louise’s passion is to transform what is broken in our world by giving young people more consideration and care, more agency and power. The book is meant as an emotional and social challenge, and yet throughout there is a sense of joy and hope. Young people can change the world and our job as older people is to let them."
-Dr. Stuart C. Aitken,Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Professor, Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Member, June Burnett Endowed Chair, Director - Center for Research on Youth, Environment, Society and Space (YESS), Fellow of Aemula Lauri - the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Fellow of the American Association of Geographers.
Louise Holt is Professor of Human Geography at Loughborough University and an internationally recognised scholar in the fi elds of geographies and social studies of children and youth and social and cultural geography. Louise was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Children’s Geographies for many years and founded the International Conferences of Geographies of Children, Youth and Families. She has published three key edited collections and many journal articles.