Is children's independent mobility really independent? A study of children's mobility combining ethnography and GPS/mobile phone technologies
Mikkelsen, Miguel Romero and Christensen, Pia H.. (2009) Is children's independent mobility really independent? A study of children's mobility combining ethnography and GPS/mobile phone technologies. Mobilities, Vol.4 (No.1). pp. 37-58. ISSN 1745-0101Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17450100802657954
This article proposes the need for a critical examination of the notion of children's 'independent mobility', a concept rather uncritically accepted by social science and human geography research. It examines the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the concept by drawing on data from a study of children's mobility in a suburban area of Copenhagen and two villages in Jutland, Denmark. The study combined ethnography with GPS-tracking and a rolling mobile phone survey. This produced a rich data set that allows us to show that children's mobility has to be recognized as primarily social, and that companionship pervades every aspect of the activity. The findings suggest that researchers need to attend to the diversity of children's mobility patterns, the local geographical contexts of children's movements and the different relations of interdependency that children's mobility involves.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > T Technology (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Children -- Transportation, Children -- Transportation -- Denmark -- Case studies, Autonomy in children, Global Positioning System, Cell phones, Ethnology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Mobilities|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 37-58|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Description:||Special Issue: The Road Less Travelled? New Directions in Children's Mobility Guest Editors: John Barker, Peter Kraftl, John Horton and Faith Tucker|
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