Children in the City: Home, Neighborhood, and Community

By Pia Christensen; Margaret O'Brien | Go to book overview

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Children's views of family, home and house

Gunilla Halldén

During a study of children's narratives about 'my future family' presented in this chapter, two 13-14-year-old boys wrote about going hunting. In their parallel stories they, as the main characters, go on a hunt, leaving their family at home. The close relationship between the men is contrasted to a more quiescent family life back in the house: in their stories the place of importance for them as grown-up men lies outside the house. One of the boys wrote:

It's the year 2008. January 21st, minus ten degrees. I'm going out to hunt for rabbits with Anders. We agreed to meet in the woods at 7.30. I guess our old ladies are at home with the kids sleeping, said Anders. Yeah, I guess they are, you know what old ladies are like.

Time and space are interconnected in important ways in this narrative. The two men get up early in the morning while the rest of the family is still in bed sleeping. In establishing the time of the day it appears that they are also separating a male world from a more feminised family world. The place that is important for proving the competence of the men is the woods. They describe it as a familiar place, a place where they will surely find their quarry. Negotiating the boundary between the house, as a family-oriented place of shelter, and the surrounding world emerges as a key theme in the narrative and is a central focus of this chapter. Here I will explore the processes of boundary-making narrated by the children, concentrating in particular on the house, the home and routines that create a domestic place.

Recent discussion on children's agency and childhood from a social perspective has emphasised the importance of place (Holloway and Valentine 2000). Geographies of childhood are beginning to deal with questions such as where children are located, how they negotiate access to specific places and how these places are given meanings. Philo (2000:245) writes about the importance of taking into account 'diverse spaces (types of settings for interaction), places (specific sites of meaning), environments (surroundings full of nature and humanity) and landscapes (visible scenes and prospects)'. Within this interdisciplinary field children's playing, living and learning are discussed

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Tables x
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgements xvii
  • 1 - Children in the City 1
  • References 11
  • 2 - Place, Space and Knowledge 13
  • Notes 27
  • 3 - Children's Views of Family, Home and House 29
  • 4 - 'Displaced' Children? 46
  • 5 - Shaping Daily Life in Urban Environments 66
  • 6 - Children in the Neighbourhood 82
  • References 98
  • 7 - The Street as a Liminal Space 101
  • 8 - Neighbourhood Quality in Children's Eyes 118
  • 9 - Regenerating Children's Neighbourhoods 142
  • Notes 160
  • 10 - Improving the Neighbourhood for Children 162
  • Notes 180
  • 11 - Planning Childhood 184
  • Note 204
  • Index 206
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