Intergenerational and intercultural civic learning through storied child‐led walks of Chiang Mai

Phillips, Louise Gwenneth, and Tossa, Wajuppa (2016) Intergenerational and intercultural civic learning through storied child‐led walks of Chiang Mai. Geographical Research, 55 (1). pp. 18-28.

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Recent times have witnessed global trends of increased protection of children in public spaces. The participatory arts project The Walking Neighbourhood hosted by Children renegotiates child agency in public spaces by inviting primary school aged children to curate and lead adult audiences on walks of local neighbourhoods. Multiple cities across Australia, Asia, and Europe have hosted The Walking Neighbourhood since 2012. This article focuses on one aspect of that initiative: the Australian-Thai research collaboration for the Chiang Mai child-hosted walks. Through storytelling, the Australian and Thai authors share their sensorial ethnographic encounters of two child-led walks in Chiang Mai to provide lived sensorial affective accounts of children’s perceptions and engagement with public spaces. These stories demonstrate how the project provides education for children’s independently mobile engagement with their neighbourhoods and public spaces, in that the children competently managed responsibility for their adult audiences, and embraced responsibility for sharing their emplaced connections with a neighbourhood locale. Through participatory arts practice, artists, child hosts, and adult audience members co-construct and interpret exploratory walks of local neighbourhoods to enable enhanced independent mobilities for children, challenging the norms that assert controlled childhoods. Such interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and intercultural experiences can enable reconceptualisation of children and public spaces and new realities for civic engagement and learning for all.

Item ID: 61352
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-5871
Keywords: children; public spaces; storytelling; sensory ethnography; participatory arts; walking
Copyright Information: © 2016 Institute of Australian Geographers.
Funders: The University of Queensland
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2020 23:30
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440601 Cultural geography @ 60%
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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