For more-than-usefulness: Six overlapping points about Children's Geographies

  title={For more-than-usefulness: Six overlapping points about Children's Geographies},
  author={John Horton and Peter Kraftl},
  journal={Children's Geographies},
  pages={131 - 143}
A number of recent Children’s Geographies articles (Catan, 2003; Cunningham, 2003; Karsten, 2003; Cahill, 2004; Pain, 2004; Smith, 2004; Vanderbeck and Morse Dunkley, 2004) might be caricatured as call for a more useful ‘Children’s Geographies’. These contributions articulate, forcefully and convincingly, a sense that ‘Children’s Geographers’ could and should be more actively engaged in policy-making around weighty contemporary issues: they argue that ‘Children’s Geographies’ needs to be (more… 
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