chapter  1
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Ruth Evans and Louise Holt

The papers that comprise this double special issue emerged from the Second International

Conference on Geographies of Children, Youth and Families on the theme of ‘Diverse

childhoods in international contexts: gender and other social and cultural differences’, held at

the Universitat Auto`noma de Barcelona from 16 to 18 July 2009 (reported in Baylina and

Prats Ferret 2010). The conference aimed to enhance geographical conceptualisations of

childhood and youth by seeking to more fully understand children’s and young people’s lives

in their diverse socio-spatial contexts and focusing on diversity, particularly gender and other

social and cultural differences.