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A Prefigurative Politics of Play in Public Places: Children Claim Their Democratic Right to the City Through Play

A Prefigurative Politics of Play in Public Places: Children Claim Their Democratic Right to the... Children have as much “right” to the city as adult citizens, yet they lose out in the urban spatial justice stakes. Built environments prioritizing motor vehicles, a default urban planning position that sees children as belonging in child-designated areas, and safety discourses, combine to restrict children’s presence and opportunities for play, rendering them out of place in public space. In this context, children’s everyday appropriations of public spaces for their “playful imaginings” can be seen as a reclamation of their democratic right to the city: a prefigurative politics of play enacted by citizen kids. In this article, we draw on data collected with 265 children in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, to consider how children’s playful practices challenge adult hegemony of the public domain and prefigure the possibilities of a more equal, child-friendly, and playful city. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Space and Culture SAGE

A Prefigurative Politics of Play in Public Places: Children Claim Their Democratic Right to the City Through Play

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2018
ISSN
1206-3312
eISSN
1552-8308
DOI
10.1177/1206331218797546
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Abstract

Children have as much “right” to the city as adult citizens, yet they lose out in the urban spatial justice stakes. Built environments prioritizing motor vehicles, a default urban planning position that sees children as belonging in child-designated areas, and safety discourses, combine to restrict children’s presence and opportunities for play, rendering them out of place in public space. In this context, children’s everyday appropriations of public spaces for their “playful imaginings” can be seen as a reclamation of their democratic right to the city: a prefigurative politics of play enacted by citizen kids. In this article, we draw on data collected with 265 children in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, to consider how children’s playful practices challenge adult hegemony of the public domain and prefigure the possibilities of a more equal, child-friendly, and playful city.

Journal

Space and CultureSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2019

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