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‘‘Some Type of Force Field’’: Immigrant Parents Everyday Encounters with Exclusion and Turns Away from Public Space Mobilities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2016 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the everyday feelings of   exclusion experienced by immigrant parents of preschool aged children in public park playgrounds in Tokyo.   These parental feelings of exclusion arose from unsuccessful social encounters and play interactions between children which were perceived to arise due to visible bodily differences. The paper argues that this sense of exclusion is socially problematic as immigrant parents feel negative emotions when using public playgrounds, turn away from local public space mobilities towards online play  dates with their countries of origin, and  focus more on private home centered play through  a style of self-segregation as coping techniques. 

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2016. , 101 p.
Keyword [en]
difference, encounter, exclusion, parent, public space
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304780DiVA: diva2:1033995
Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2016-10-10
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