Urban public space and the marginalisation of children and young people

Dee, Mike (2015) Urban public space and the marginalisation of children and young people. In McConville, Chris (Ed.) Hopeful places: Migration and Belonging in an Unpredictable era. Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd, Ballarat, VIC, pp. 107-130.

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In the 21st century city, public space for a range of users, but especially children and young people, has come under threat. Watson proposed that “public space itself has come under attack from several directions-thematisation, enclosure into malls and other controlled spaces, and privatisation, or from urban planning and design interventions to erase its uniqueness”.

Largely as a result of these trends, Scott observed that “young urbanites form a marginalised age class movement is restricted, out of fear and distrust, within aims to protect, monitored by city surveillance methods within the security-obsessed fabric”. The use of public space by children and young people is a contentious issue in a number of countries and a range of measures deployed to control public space curtail the rights of children and young people to claim the space for their use through curfews, oppressive camera surveillance and at times, the unwarranted attentions of police and private security personnel.

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ID Code: 83545
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Public Space, Children, Young People, Marginalisation, Surveillance
ISBN: 9781925138573
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2015 22:16
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 03:46

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