Young people and the struggle for public space in Australia

Dee, Mike (1995) Young people and the struggle for public space in Australia. In Youth 2000 Conference, 7-9 July1995, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK. (Unpublished)


Public Space is important to the overall health and wellbeing of children and young people in allowing them to explore their local and wider community, meet up with friends, get some exercise and feel included in the society in which they live.

A problem exists in the capacity of modern, urban public space to genuinely accommodate children and young people’s need to experience excitement and fun in what has been termed “unprogrammed space” (Lynch 1977:71), or simply to ‘hang out’ in unstructured social space, with control by civic authorities a key concern.

For many children and young people, their experiences of attempting to use public space are sometimes marred by the denial of everyday rights and courtesies, in youth ‘unfriendly’ spaces and this is often the case in shopping centres in Australia as expolored in this paper.

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ID Code: 76141
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Young People, Public Space, Shopping Centre, Rights, Police
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 The Author
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2014 04:04
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 04:04

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