Out of mind, Out of sight: putting children in their place in urban planning

Johnson, Laurel and Grant-Smith, Deanna (2012). Out of mind, Out of sight: putting children in their place in urban planning. In: The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012), Brisbane, Australia, (). 26-29 November 2012.

Author Johnson, Laurel
Grant-Smith, Deanna
Title of paper Out of mind, Out of sight: putting children in their place in urban planning
Conference name The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 November 2012
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Abstract/Summary There is emerging evidence that the shape of Australian cities and neighbourhoods may not be good for the health and wellbeing of our children. This has been borne out in medical and academic research as well as the observations and reflections of urban planning practitioners. Despite this recognition, the perspectives of children are rarely sought or given sufficient consideration in urban design, planning and infrastructure and service provision. It has been suggested that this omission is a function of the perceived difficulties in accessing and responding to the views of children and young people. We argue that this is exacerbated by the ‘invisibility’ of children in urban spaces and the political and performative processes that produce both urban spaces and the place of children within them. In this presentation, we advocate the possibilities for meaningful engagement with children and the ‘child within’ that actively promotes the voice of children in urban planning and legitimises their experiences of and place in the city.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2012 was a joint event including both TASA and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ), including a special trans-Tasman plenary session. Paper Session 3: Environment and Society.

 
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