Place mapping with teenagers: locating their territories and documenting their experience of the public realm

Penny Travlou, Patsy Eubanks Owens, Catharine Ward Thompson, L Maxwell

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present, analyse and critique a research method, 'place mapping', used to document and understand teenagers' experience, use and perception of public spaces. Researchers in two case study sites, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Sacramento, CA, employed conventional street maps as a basis for eliciting and recording young people's spatial experiences. This method offers an effective mechanism for generating and structuring discussion - through dialogue - by the participants about their dynamic and shared experience of place, geographically recording places and ensuring equitable participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309 – 326
Number of pages18
JournalChildren's Geographies
Volume6
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jul 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • research methods
  • place mapping
  • urban
  • public space

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