The Journey of Becoming Involved in Urban Spaces by Children with Diverse Mobility

Stafford, Lisa (2014) The Journey of Becoming Involved in Urban Spaces by Children with Diverse Mobility. In Buccieri, Kristy (Ed.) Body Tensions: Beyond Corporeality in Time and Space. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 97-120.

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Abstract

Participation is a word frequently espoused in the literature of childhood and urban studies. It has also been made sacrosanct through the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other rights-based policy and programming. Despite this importance, what it means and how it is experienced in the everyday lives of children with diverse abilities is not well understood. This chapter provides insight into the everyday experiences of participation by ten children 9-12 years of age, who have diverse personal mobility from various physical conditions that affect muscle and movement differently, including: Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases. The children participants live in the outer suburbs and inner regions of south-east Queensland, Australia. The chapter discusses a new way of understanding and theorising participation as a journey of becoming involved. This knowledge emerged through the children’s body-space-time routines (body ballets) and their descriptions of inhabiting urban space. This chapter also establishes how body-space-context interplays shape the experiences of becoming and being involved in everyday life, as well as the preconceptions of body embed in space which divide and constrain children and families actualisation of full and genuine participation.

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ID Code: 76201
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: children, body, mobility, physical disability, children's participation, urban spaces, embodiment, interpretive phenomenology
ISBN: 9781848882867
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Care for Disabled (111703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Community Planning (120501)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Inter-Disciplinary Press
Copyright Statement: No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission on Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2015 23:12
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 23:37

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