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‘You can be outside a lot': independent mobility and agency among children in a suburban community in Sweden

Wales, Mark and Mårtensson, Fredrika and Jansson, Märit (2021). ‘You can be outside a lot': independent mobility and agency among children in a suburban community in Sweden. Children's Geographies. 19 , 184-196
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The global decline of children's independent mobility is well documented. Whilst the Nordic countries are no exception, a previous study discovered high levels of independent mobility in a suburban community in the south of Sweden (Johansson, M., A. Raustorp, F. Martensson, C. Boldemann, C. Sternudd, and M. Kylin. 2011. "Attitudal Antecedents of Children's Sustainable Everyday Mobility."Transport and Health Issues: Studies on Mobility and Transport Research3: 55-68). The current study investigates the everyday outdoor lives of children in this community to shed light on the mechanisms contributing to the children's independent mobility. Sixteen children aged 10-11 years old participated in place mapping and child-led walks. The results describe how their independent mobility grows from their joint commitment to play and socialise in a collective process that builds on their experiences of the local environment to form a shared patchwork of people, places and practices that meets their mutual needs. In light of plans for new development in the area, relational arrangements supporting children's agency are uncovered and independent mobility is confirmed as an important indicator of child-friendliness in planning.

Authors/Creators:Wales, Mark and Mårtensson, Fredrika and Jansson, Märit
Title:‘You can be outside a lot': independent mobility and agency among children in a suburban community in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Children's Geographies
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:184-196
Number of Pages:13
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
Keywords:Children's play, place attachment, urban planning, health promotion, sense of community
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Web of Science (WoS)000545030300001
ID Code:22881
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Work Science, Business Economics, and Environmental Psychology (until 2020)
(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
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Deposited On:06 Apr 2021 11:03
Metadata Last Modified:06 Apr 2021 11:11

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