New kids on the block: young people, the city and public pedagogies

Hickey, Andrew and Phillips, Louise (2013) New kids on the block: young people, the city and public pedagogies. Global Studies of Childhood, 3 (2). pp. 115-128. ISSN 2043-6106


In March 2012, Contact Inc., a community cultural development organization based in Brisbane, Australia, launched the project 'Walking Neighbourhood: hosted by children'. This project sought to engage young people in the negotiation of a large urban space, as well as provoke an awareness of child actualization by challenging existing understandings of the role young people play as active citizens. By asking a group of children, aged between eight and twelve, to navigate their way through a large urban space and subsequently lead a curated tour of this space for groups of participant adults, Walking Neighbourhood unsettled existing notions of child safety, the place of children within the city and assumptions surrounding young people as cognizant, active citizens. This article will explore the implications of the Walking Neighbourhood project and how renewed understandings of young people's capacities to navigate urban spaces as active citizens might form.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 06:15
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 02:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: child actualisation; agency; Brisbane; city; urban geography; public pedagogy
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120501 Community Planning
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2304/gsch.2013.3.2.115

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