Hyper-diversity in/and geographies of childhood and youth

Peter Kraftl, Gideon Bolt, Ronald van Kempen

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This paper reviews recent work on childhood, youth and diversity in geography. It argues for a need to move from superdiversity to hyperdiversity. Such a move recognises how multiple facets of social difference extend beyond commonly-used identity categories deployed in intersectional or superdiverse analyses. In particular, the notion of hyperdiversity enables an exploration of how identity categories articulate with materialities, feelings and everyday practices. The paper sets out some starting propositions for theorisations of hyperdiversity, childhood and youth, whilst recognising the need for critical reflection upon the term's usefulness, especially when set alongside other conceptual languages for understanding intersections of age with other forms of difference. Finally, the paper introduces the four articles that comprise this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Early online date6 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jul 2018


  • children's geographies
  • difference
  • diversity
  • intersectionality
  • materialities
  • emotion and affect


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