Emotional geographies and the study of education spaces

Peter Kraftl*

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Both emotion (and affect) and education have become important topics for disciplinary human geographers over the past decade. Simultaneously, a ‘spatial turn’ has been observed in the broader social sciences that has inflected research on emotion and education. This chapter-written from the perspective of a human geographer-examines the implications of such a turn for studying emotion in education. It begins by outlining how geographers have theorised emotion and affect, noting productive tensions between these two terms. Thereafter, it reviews- through four examples-how emotional geographies have inflected research on education. In so doing, it raises a series of conceptual questions that should underpin the planning of research on education and emotions-especially about the ways in which space ‘matters’ to a particular educational practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethodological Advances in Research on Emotion and Education
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319290492
ISBN (Print)9783319290478
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Affect
  • Atmosphere
  • Ethnography
  • Feeling
  • Geographies of education
  • Policy analysis
  • Politics
  • Scale
  • Spatial turn
  • Voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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