Conceptions of place: approaching space, children and physical activity

Julie H. Christensen, Lærke Mygind, Peter Bentsen*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde
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In this paper, we argue that place mapping is useful for approaching children's conception of place and that this is of relevance when designing physical activity interventions. We contend that socio-material factors influence children's perception and use of places, and are crucial to understand in relation to their use of local neighbourhoods for physical activity. A place mapping of children's understandings and everyday use of their local neighbourhood in suburban Copenhagen was conducted with a fifth grade elementary school class. The mapping and subsequent analysis resulted in three categories of relevance to children's conceptions of place; located social experiences, experiences of the unknown, and children's contested spaces. We argue that such knowledge can provide useful information in the development and evaluation of activities that promote physical activity in urban spaces.

TidsskriftChildren's Geographies
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)589-603
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 3 sep. 2015
Udgivet eksterntJa


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