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Children's playgrounds: ‘inadequacies and mediocrities inherited from the past’?

Winder, Jon (2023) Children's playgrounds: ‘inadequacies and mediocrities inherited from the past’? Children's Geographies, 22 (1). pp. 188-193. ISSN 1473-3277. (doi:10.1080/14733285.2023.2197577) (KAR id:100914)


This Viewpoint considers why children's playground provision has changed so little in the UK over the last century despite radical changes in our understanding of children's geographies, considerable research into play space design and committed advocacy that has promoted children's more equitable access the city. It argues that the equipped playground has become increasingly embedded in to social, political and professional attitudes relating to the provision of public space for play. This history continues to have an enduring influence on the present-day management and maintenance of more than 26,000 children's playgrounds and the £86m spent on them each year.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14733285.2023.2197577
Uncontrolled keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Geography, Planning and Development, Social Psychology
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Funders: University of Kent (
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Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2023 13:29 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2024 15:24 UTC
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