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Hypermobile, sustainable, or safe?: Imagined childhoods in the neo-liberal transport system
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap)
2017 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Existing research on children’s mobility assumes that children’s independent mobility is important for children’s development, health and wellbeing. According to the Swedish Government’s transport policy objectives from 2008-2009 (SOU 2008/09: 93), particular importance should be paid to children and young people, with a strong focus on safety and security, and independent mobility. A decline in children’s independent mobility has occurred in the last thirty years, leaving less children killed in traffic. Against this background, the paper’s objective is to, inspired by Bacchi’s (2009) problematisation-oriented discourse analysis, investigate how children are addressed in regional and municipal transport policies in urban Sweden. How are children conceptualized in transport policies? The policy analysis reveals three rationales which produce particular subjects: a hypermobile subject framed within a discourse of economic growth, a sustainable subject within a caring rationale, and lastly, a safe subject within a risk rationale. The discursive absence of children as a social group is discussed, in relation to a parallel sub-discourse of children as particularly protection-worthy. These discourses produce children as either political non-subjects or apolitical subjects, complicating the formulation of political demands on the basis of children as a social group. In conclusion, the paper discusses the effects of age-blind policy making in transportation politics in relation to childhood in general and to children’s mobility in particular.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Policy, Transport, Mobilities, Childhood
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Social Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325115DiVA: diva2:1113080
Conference
Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, 18th-21st June 2017.
Available from: 2017-06-21 Created: 2017-06-21 Last updated: 2017-06-21

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