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Young people’s appropriation of public space: Participation through voice, sociability and activity

Chapter in book
Authors Björn Andersson
C. Reutlinger
P. Roth
D. Zimmermann
Published in Young People and the Struggle for Participation. Andreas Walther, Janet Batsleer, Patricia Loncle, Axel Pohl (red.)
Pages 82-96
ISBN 978-1-138-36242-0
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 82-96
Language en
Subject categories Social Work


Young people are often visible actors in the streets and squares of cities. The appropriation of urban public space is one way for youth to take part in city life, and this chapter discusses such participatory processes from a spatial perspective. It discusses the notions of public space and public sphere. The chapter aims to develop further spatial concepts in order to go beyond the public-private dichotomy that is inherent in the conceptions. It focuses on the concepts of front and backstage as well as invited and popular spaces. The chapter focuses on three distinct but not necessarily exclusive modes of appropriation that were identified in various case studies and that are at the heart of social construction processes of public space: voice, sociability and activity. The link to participation lies in the activity; the ‘voice’ is in the doing. © 2020 Andreas Walther; Janet Batsleer; Patricia Loncle; Axel Pohl.

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