Barnen och stadsrummet: Relationer mellan kompetens, ålder och delaktighet
2014 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 51, no 1, 29-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper we focus on how children and adults discuss children’s competence in urban space, and how this relates to the age of the child. Spatial competence is linked to the possibility to experience and participate in urban space. Gaining spatial competence thus requires children to be allowed to make experiences and to be able to participate in public life. However, our research suggests that age is the organizing norm regarding who is viewed as competent enough to gain access to and participate in urban space. Firstly, spatial competence is related to age-based categories, where children and adults are viewed as homogeneous categories. Adults are viewed as spatially competent while children are viewed as in need of protection from urban public life as they are not competent enough to understand and handle these socio-spatial contexts. Secondly, spatial competence is related to chronological age. Competence is generally defined from an adult perspective which means that increased chronological age is equated with increased competence. However, it is shown that chronological age is the organizing norm also for how children order other children within the category of children in terms of how spatially competent they are.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 51, no 1, 29-46 p.
age, childhood, participation, spatial competence, urban space
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211144OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211144DiVA: diva2:665550