Changing childhoods in coastal communities

Anne Trine Kjørholt, Dympna Devine, Spyros Spyrou, Sharon Bessell, Firouz Gaini

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This Special Issue explores coastal living, foregrounding the experiences of
childhood across time and place. The contributions come from the international, interdisciplinary project titled ‘Valuing the past, sustaining the future: Education, knowledge and identity across three generations in coastal communities’ which was carried out in coastal communities in Norway, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Cyprus and Australia. Coastal childhoods in communities undergoing rapid economic and social
change are explored, providing rich empirical insight into questions of identity, belonging and attachment to place. Most contributors adopt an intergenerational lens to examine change through time, placing children’s lives and childhoods within the social context of their families and communities as well as the globalised world of the twenty-first century
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages13
JournalChildren's Geographies
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Childhood
  • Coastal communities
  • Identity
  • Learning
  • Sustainability
  • Local knowledge
  • coastal childhoods
  • intergenerational
  • belonging
  • identities
  • communities


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