Constructing the places of young people in public space: Conflict, belonging and identity

Gray, Debra and Manning, Rachel (2022) Constructing the places of young people in public space: Conflict, belonging and identity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 00. pp. 1-18. ISSN 2044-8309

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Building on the growing discursive approach to people–place relations, we examine how young people negotiate people–place tensions and relations, and how they establish their everyday sense of place in contemporary public spaces. Facilitated by the use of Collaborative Spatial Mapping, analysis of focus group data from 51 young people focuses on three aspects of participants’ talk about the places that make up their everyday lives: appropriation of micro-geographical spaces, the construction of autobiographical insideness and the mobilization of shared socio-spatial histories. Our analysis illustrates young people's responses to a broader problematic of being ‘troublesome’ in public spaces, demonstrating how they construct a deep-rooted attachment to, and sense of themselves as located members within, such spaces. We argue that place appropriation and autobiographical insideness are important concepts for understanding the practice of citizenship by young people, and how such practice is embedded in wider political processes of spatial conflict and exclusion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted 8th April 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: autobiographical insideness, citizenship, collaborative mapping, place appropriation, place identity, young people
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Manning
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 10:17
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 10:17

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