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ERIC Number: EJ812765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Trapped in Space? Children's Accounts of Risky Environments
Leonard, Madeleine
Children & Society, v21 n6 p432-445 Nov 2007
The purpose of this article is to explore children's perceptions and experiences of safety and risk in one highly contested interface area in Belfast. Interface areas are landscapes divided by physical and symbolic boundaries on the basis of religious/ethno-national identification. The research draws on maps and focus group discussions with young teenagers from four schools in an interface area located in North Belfast. The teenagers identified both private and public places of risk that they faced in their everyday lives. The types of risks produced by this environment are outlined and the teenagers' strategies for managing the daily risks that they faced in their everyday lives are assessed. The data reveal how teenagers negotiate movement across different types of space and illustrate the extent to which their immediate geographical environment is dependent on its location within wider political, social and cultural systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland