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Creeping Forms of Children’s and Young People’s Exclusion in Public Space: ‘Pay to Play’ Redevelopment on a Tokyo Park
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
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Abstract [en]

This paper argues that children and young people in the Shibuya Ward of Tokyo are being excluded and that their real and potential everyday mobilities are negatively impacted upon through an ongoing process where the ‘publicness’ of public space is atrophying. Miyashita Park is the examined fieldwork location which saw a redevelopment occur under a controversial naming rights deal between Nike Japan Corporation and the local authority for Shibuya Ward. The article examines the negative impacts on children’s everyday activity through park restrictions and imposed immobility due to factors such as ‘pay to play’ access to sports amenities and heavy rule sets.   The paper illuminates contradictions which arose between the official redevelopment discourse for the park and what then ultimately unfolded on the ground. 

Keyword [en]
exclusion, park, public space, redevelopment, resistance
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304784DiVA: diva2:1033998
Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2016-10-10
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