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Smart cities, smart mobilities, and children
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5209-0904
2020 (English)In: Gendering Smart Mobilities / [ed] Tanu Priya Uteng, Hilda Rømer Christensen, Lena Levin, Routledge, 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The smart city has surfaced as pivotal in global discussions around unsustainable urban environments, but children, although constituting a major part of the global urban population,is surprisingly absent in these discussions. This text delves into the intersections of children’s mobility and sustainable urbanism, by arguing that empirical studies of children’s everyday mobilities and practices is crucial for understanding and working toward ‘smart’ cities. The need to conceptualize mobility as an assemblage of human and non-human relations, of technologies and the material, is central in this enterprise. Conceptualizing children’s mobilities as an assemblage is a fruitful way of approaching sustainable urbanism and smart cities, by providing a bottom-up approach where children’s (creative) practices take center stage. Some findings from a two-year ethnographic project with children aged 7-13 years and their parents from middle-class households in Sweden, illustrate the creativity and playfulness of children’s everyday mobility practices. The author suggests that the everyday creative and playful mobility practices could provide a new frame for how to work toward ‘smart’ cities and sustainable urban environments.

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Routledge, 2020.
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Transport and Mobility, ISSN 2641-1024, E-ISSN 2641-1016
Keywords [en]
children's mobilities, smart cities, smart mobilities
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Other Social Sciences
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Child and Youth Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179173ISBN: 9781138608276 (print)ISBN: 9780429466601 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179173DiVA, id: diva2:1395132
Available from: 2020-02-21 Created: 2020-02-21 Last updated: 2020-02-21Bibliographically approved

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