How children place themselves and others in local space
2008 (English)In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, E-ISSN 1468-0467, Vol. 90, no 3, 257-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examines the ways in which children aged 11 to 15 in six adjacent neighbourhoods in a medium-sized Swedish town place themselves and others in local space. Special attention is given to how they discuss a neighbourhood stigmatized in the public discourse and how children who live in this neighbourhood react to the negative representations of the place in which they live. The study is based on group interviews and maps. The study shows that children construct representations of their own neighbourhoods as “quiet” neighbourhoods and place objects of “trouble” and “danger” somewhere else. It is argued that this is done both in relation to their personal knowledge of the neighbourhood and in relation to local and/or media representations of their own and other neighbourhoods. It is shown that the children are influenced by media representations of a stigmatized neighbourhood, but also that they are not passive reproducers of these discourses and that some of them are able to offer counterdiscourses. The children living in this neighbourhood experience difficulties in defending it as the quiet place which they perceive it to be to outsiders because of the negative discourses.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 90, no 3, 257-269 p.
children, neighbourhood, identity, local and media representations, stigmatization, Sweden
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99913DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0467.2008.291.xISI: 000258659300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99913DiVA: diva2:208978