Regulating Fear: The Processes of Creating ‘Stranger Danger’ and Their Impact on Japanese Children’s Urban Public Space Mobilities
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This article argues that school based systems of protection and attitudes of parental protection regarding stranger danger in parks and urban public space in Kanagawa Japan are creating a self-perpetuating embedded narrative of excessive risk and fear. It argues that this narrative is impacting negatively on children’s independent mobility and is socially counterproductive. The systems and attitudes of protection examined are 1. Teaching the dangers of strangers and the ‘reading’ of strangers by police in school based classes with elementary aged children 2. The real time reporting/mapping of strangers deemed to be suspicious in parks and public space through a school based network. These systems involve processes using a ‘visual pedagogy’ in which the stranger becomes known and is read as being ‘out of place’ in public space if their corporeal appearance transgresses a ‘regime of visuality’. The article draws on qualitative fieldwork primarily undertaken with parents and teachers at an urban school located in Kanagawa Japan.
children, parents, public space, stranger danger, urban
Research subject Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304783DiVA: diva2:1033997