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The Journey of Becoming Involved in Urban Spaces by Children with Diverse Mobility

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Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive
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  • 111703 Care For Disabled
  • 120501 Community Planning
  • 120508 Urban Design
  • 160403 Social And Cultural Geography
  • Children
  • Body
  • Mobility
  • Physical Disability
  • Children'S Participation
  • Urban Spaces
  • Embodiment
  • Interpretive Phenomenology
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Abstract

Participation is a word frequently espoused in the literature of childhood and urban studies. It has also been made sacrosanct through the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other rights-based policy and programming. Despite this importance, what it means and how it is experienced in the everyday lives of children with diverse abilities is not well understood. This chapter provides insight into the everyday experiences of participation by ten children 9-12 years of age, who have diverse personal mobility from various physical conditions that affect muscle and movement differently, including: Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases. The children participants live in the outer suburbs and inner regions of south-east Queensland, Australia. The chapter discusses a new way of understanding and theorising participation as a journey of becoming involved. This knowledge emerged through the children’s body-space-time routines (body ballets) and their descriptions of inhabiting urban space. This chapter also establishes how body-space-context interplays shape the experiences of becoming and being involved in everyday life, as well as the preconceptions of body embed in space which divide and constrain children and families actualisation of full and genuine participation.

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