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In streets, yards and secret corners: place-interactive methods as means of communicating with children
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2007 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Research that involves children and their relationships with different aspects of place bring methodological as well as theoretical difficulties. These challenges mainly refer to the complexity of experience and power relations between children and adults. The focus in this paper is an exploration of how place-interactive methods such as walks and photography provide abilities to meet these challenges. Drawing on a research project that focus on how children in Sweden and England communicate their experience of place, it is shown that when place is allowed to be an active part in the research process many difficulties can be overcome. The performative aspects of the methods make the body and its sensuous experiences a central part of the research. The active participation and involvement of children as well as the researcher make it possible to create situated knowledge that are not alienated from lived experience due to power relations and the limits of the spoken word. This has an impact on consultation practice as well as the theorising of children's geographies.

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2007. 4- p.
Keyword [en]
Place-interactive methods, children, power, photography, walking, performativity, sensuous, Sweden, England
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-14436OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-14436DiVA: diva2:42206
AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 17-21, 2007
Available from: 2008-01-30 Created: 2008-01-30 Last updated: 2012-08-08Bibliographically approved

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