Children, Nature and Cities
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Children, Nature and Cities

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That children need nature for health and well-being is widely accepted, but what type of nature? Specifically, what type of nature is not only necessary but realistically available in the complex and rapidly changing worlds that children currently live in? This book examines child-nature definitions through two related concepts: the need for connecting to nature and the processes by which opportunities for such contact can be enhanced. This book analyses the available nature from a scientific perspective of habitats, species and environments, together with the role of planning, to identify how children in cities can and do connect with nature and how cities can and do provide meaningful natural experiences. This book challenges the notion of a universal child and childhood by recognizing children's diverse life worlds and experiences which guides them into different and complex ways of interacting, or not, with the natural world. This book highlights the ways that nature can be enhanced in children's lives and in the cities they live in both through scientific endeavor and better planning and urban design processes.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 Line drawings, black and white; 20 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138942553
  • 9781138942554

About Claire Freeman

Claire Freeman, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Director of the Master of Planning Programme University of Otago, New Zealand. Yolanda van Heezik, Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand.show more

Table of contents

Part 1: Children and Nature: Why Nature Matters 1. Conceptions of nature, contested definitions and approaches 2. Children, nature and health: The benefits of nature? 3. Children and nature over time Part 2: The essence of nature 4. Culture and nature/different nature for different children 5. Changing lives: social, cultural and lifestyle factors that enhance or frustrate children's ability to connect with nature 6. Children, families, nature and the home 7. Wild nature: biodiversity, habitats and species 8. Valuing the urban and the need for a different ecological perspective for urban areas 9. Children's views of nature: and what children think and feel about nature Part 3: Creating Connections making it happen - biodiverse environments for all children 10. Redressing the balance in nature deprived urban environments 11. Working with the nature professionals: ecologists, planners, educators, rangers.... 12. Planning for nature: nature creation initiatives Part 4. Why Nature needs children 13. Conclusionshow more