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Spatial avoidance or spatial confidence?: Young people’s agency in the active negotiation of risk and safety in public space.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2015 (English)In: Children's Geographies, ISSN 1473-3285, E-ISSN 1473-3277, Vol. 13, no 2, 181-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores teenage girls’ and boys’ agency in how they handle risk and promote safety in public space. Based on material from qualitative interviews with Swedish teenagers (from age 16), a small-scale survey and written accounts, it is shown that teenagers actively negotiate risk and promote safety in public space. Drawing on Panelli, Kraack, and Little [2005. “Claiming Space and Community: Rural Women’s Strategies for Living with, and Beyond, Fear.” Geoforum 36: 495–508] multidimensional model of situated agency, it is discussed how teenagers choose to draw on, or contest, different dimensions of agency in constructing and handling risk and safety.

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2015. Vol. 13, no 2, 181-195 p.
Keyword [en]
risk, safety, public space, strategies, agency, teenage girls and boys
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198484DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2013.828455ISI: 000349117100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198484DiVA: diva2:616255
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2008-1532
Available from: 2013-04-15 Created: 2013-04-15 Last updated: 2015-03-10Bibliographically approved

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