Everyday Experiences of Economic Change: Repositioning Geographies of Children, Youth and Families

Helena Pimlott-Wilson, Sarah Hall

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue for repositioning geographies of children, youth and families at the centre rather than at the periphery of discussions about the economy. This not only reveals what contemporary and lived experiences of economic change feel and look like, but also exposes deeper problematics about the geographically and socially uneven nature of neoliberalism and the austere state. This paper also introduces a collection which, when taken together, explores intersections between everyday life and austerity, with children, youth and families as the focus of inquiry. Adopting a multi-scalar approach, the collected papers ‘zoom in’ to explore the everyday realities of austere life in the UK in order to refract our understanding of the broader condition of economic change and concomitant austerity measures. Simultaneously, and speaking to a wider political agenda, the collection can be scaled up, or the framing ‘zoomed out’, to question and actively address the injustices of austerity and neoliberal retrenchment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-265
JournalArea
Volume49
Issue number3
Early online date11 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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