Building an idea: the material construction of an ideal childhood

  title={Building an idea: the material construction of an ideal childhood},
  author={Peter Kraftl},
  journal={Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers},
  • Peter Kraftl
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Sociology
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
This paper explores how ideas and ideals are constructed. More specifically, it follows how ideas and ideals of ‘childhood’ are constructed. Still more specifically, it attends to the ways in which idea(l)s of childhood are literally and materially constructed, in, through and as part of practices such as the building and maintenance of architectural forms. I argue that most studies of childhood largely ignore the importance of local, banal, ephemeral, mundane, material practices – often… 
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