Citizenship, community, public space and the marginalisation of children and young people
Dee, Mike (2013) Citizenship, community, public space and the marginalisation of children and young people. In Osbaldiston, Nicholas, Strong, Catherine, & Forbes-Mewett, Helen (Eds.) 2013 Conference Proceedings Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, Australia.
Throughout Australia (and in comparable urban contexts around the world) public spaces may be said to be under attack by developers and also attempts by civic authorities to regulate, restrict, rebrand and reframe them. A consequence of the increasingly security driven, privatised and surveilled nature of public space is the exclusion and displacement of those considered flawed and unwelcome in the ‘spectacular’ consumption spaces of many major urban centres. In the name of urban regeneration, processes of securitisation, ‘gentrification’ and creative cities discourses can refashion public space as sites of selective inclusion and exclusion. In this context of monitoring and control procedures, children and young people’s use of space in parks, neighbourhoods, shopping malls and streets is often viewed as a threat to the social order, requiring various forms of punitive and/or remedial action.
This paper discusses developments in the surveillance, governance and control of public space used by children and young people in particular and the capacity for their displacement and marginality, diminishing their sense of place and belonging, and right to public space as an expression of their civil, political and social citizenship(s).
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