Using an innovative auto-ethnographic approach to investigate the otherness of the places that make up the childhood home and its neighbourhood in relation to memory-derived and memory-imbued cultural geographies, Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home is concerned with childhood spaces and children's perspectives of those spaces and, consequentially, with the personalised locations that make up the childhood family home and its immediate surroundings (such as the garden, the street, etc.). Whilst this book is primarily structured by the author's memories of living in his own Welsh childhood home during the 1970s - that is, the auto-ethnographic framework - it is as much about living anywhere amid the remembered cultural remnants of the past as it is immersing oneself in cultural geographies of the here-and-now. As a result, Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home is part of the ongoing pursuit by cultural geographers to provide a personal exploration of the pluralities of shared landscapes, whereby such an engagement with space and place aid our construction of cognitive maps of meaning that, in turn, manifest themselves as both individual and collective cultural experiences. Furthermore, touching upon our co-habiting of ghost topologies, Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home also encourages a critical exploration of children’s spirituality amid the haunted cultural and geographical spaces and places of a house and its neighbourhood: the cellar, hallway, parlour, stairs, bedroom, attic, shops, cemeteries, and so on.
Table of Contents
Contents: House, rooms, cobwebs - an introduction; The childhood spaces of the house; The childhood spaces of the garden; The childhood spaces of the street; The childhood spaces of suburbia; Epilogue - the hauntology of childhood; Bibliography; Index.
’This is a beautiful and heartfelt book which skilfully weaves together aspects of space, place, memory, emotional geographies of childhood, home and neighbourhood through lenses of auto-ethnography, cultural history and more besides.’ Owain Jones, Bath Spa University, UK ’A wonderful example of doing cultural geography�: of evocative and resonant auto-ethnography. A kaleidoscopic view of the 1970s in which the places, experiences, beliefs and reveries of a childhood in South Wales and the books, comics, television programmes, films and popular pursuits of the period constantly shift to create new and provocative perceptions of the cultural fabric and transformations of that difficult decade. A valuable, creative and highly readable addition to the literature on geographies of childhood, and especially on the impact of media.’ Mike Pearson, Aberystwyth University, UK ’... this text is a welcome and a valuable example of autoethnography in practice. The methods employed in this work would likely be of particular interest to Children’s Geographers considering the boundaries of childhood and adulthood.’ Children’s Geographies