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Preference and fear: The importance of place experiences in children and young people´s use of parks
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This research paper focuses on the experience, maintenance and planning of an urban park. The aim is to analyse how the park is understood as a physical, social and emotional place (Sack, 1997)by children, aged 8-11, and young people, aged 15-17, in order to highlight the similarities and differences in place experiences between these groups. The paper also focuses on how efforts made to increase urban safety, such as changing lighting and pruning greenery, affect how these groups use and experience the park (Ke-Tsung, 2009). Qualitative participatory research, consisting of interviews, observations, walks and photographs, was conducted to understand how children and young people experience and use the park before and after an urban safety programme was carried out in the park.

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children, young people, place experience, park, safety
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Social Sciences Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156149DiVA: diva2:430786
Open Space - People Space. Inclusive environments for all 2011. Juni 27-29, 2011. Edinburgh, Skottland.
Available from: 2011-07-12 Created: 2011-07-12 Last updated: 2012-02-08Bibliographically approved

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