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Diversity and difference in the everyday lives of Ugandan street children: The significance of age and gender for understanding the use of space

van Blerk, L. (2006) Diversity and difference in the everyday lives of Ugandan street children: The significance of age and gender for understanding the use of space. Social Dynamics-a Journal of the Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town, 32 (1). pp. 47-74. ISSN 0253-3952

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Abstract/Summary

Childhood is characterised by diversity and difference across and within societies. Street children have a unique relationship to the urban environment evident through their use of the city. The everyday geographies that street children produce are diversified through the spaces they frequent and the activities they engage in. Drawing on a range of children-centred qualitative methods, this article focuses on street children's use of urban space in Kampala, Uganda. The article demonstrates the importance of considering variables such as gender and age in the analysis of street children's socio-spatial experiences, which, to date, have rarely been considered in other accounts of street children's lives. In addition the article highlights the need for also including street children's individuality and agency into understanding their use of space. The article concludes by arguing for policies to be sensitive to the diversity that characterises street children's lives and calls for a more nuanced approach where policies are designed to accommodate street children's age and gender differences, and their individual needs, interests and abilities.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:4172
Uncontrolled Keywords:PUBLIC SPACE PLACE KAMPALA CONSTRUCTION GEOGRAPHIES CHILDHOOD MIGRATION CULTURE ADULTS SEX
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