Public space and the marginalisation of children and young people

Dee, Mike (2012) Public space and the marginalisation of children and young people. In Place and Displacement Conference, 21-23 November 2012, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


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Throughout Australia (and elsewhere in the world) public spaces are under attack by developers and also attempts by civic authorities to regulate, restrict 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 major urban centres. In this context of monitoring and control procedures, children and young people’s use of public space in parks, neighbourhoods, shopping malls and streets is often viewed as a threat to 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 belonging, wellbeing and right to public space as an expression of social, political and civil citizenship.

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ID Code: 76322
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Young People, Public Space, Marginalisation, Ctizenship, Children
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 2012 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2014 22:13
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2014 22:14

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