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Safe places in domestic spaces: Two-year-olds at play in their homes

Hancock, Roger and Gillen, Julia (2007). Safe places in domestic spaces: Two-year-olds at play in their homes. Children's Geographies, 5(4) pp. 337–351.

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the growing research literature on children's 'intimate geographies' by focusing on two-year-old children's explorations and play within the domestic spaces of their homes. It draws on video data showing three young girls playing in selected home spaces i.e. a family grocery shop in Peru, the upstairs rooms of a house in America, and the balcony of an apartment in Italy. Through analysis of short video sequences the paper describes the way children use and invest meaning in these spaces. It is argued that the three domestic locations can be seen as 'safe places', in both material and personal senses; and that they enable children's sense of belonging, foster their 'emplaced knowledge' and build on their confidence to explore spaces further afield.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1473-3285
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21422
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 13:52
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 10:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21422
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