Are Portsea youths socially excluded from public spaces, by adults labelling them with deviant stereotypes?

Davis, Gordon (2007) Are Portsea youths socially excluded from public spaces, by adults labelling them with deviant stereotypes? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Within this geographical study, the author has explicitly examined the politics of youth, focusing on their use of space and place and the resultant exclusion from this sphere. In this paper the author reports on a survey of a group of 11-21 year olds, living within a socially and economically deprived ward of Charles Dickens, Portsmouth. The Portsea Youth club was the site of infiltration to gain the trust of youth and further enrich knowledge and experiences essential to this study. Attention focuses on the public space and how youth are consequently excluded from this sphere. It is important to note that in every instance exclusion is not always apparent, as many youth experienced inclusion as well as the other relationship. For each individual, the relationship shows the youth to be competent social actors circumnavigating through adult worlds, even if exclusion does occur, they create alternative landscapes of identity and meaning for themselves. The youth therefore produce a spatio-temporal map of experience with various connecting microgeographies. The results suggest four recurrent themes, which present as important aspects of the lives of Portsea youth. The author labels these themes: forceful exclusion; inclusion; alternative landscapes; and (re)claiming space. The author argues that the youth are not stationary under adult control and hegemony but are active cultural producers in their own right, who express individuality within geographical space. When discussing these ideas the study draws upon primary research, reinforced with concepts and underlying themes within the literature, and provides additional insights into the worlds of youth, by grounding this study in relevance with their comments.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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