Children's interdependent mobility: compositions, collaborations and compromises

Bjorn Nansen, L Gibbs, Colin MacDougall, Frank Vetere, Nicola Ross, John McKendrick

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    This paper discusses findings from Australian research that used a qualitative and participatory methods approach to understand how children develop and negotiate their everyday mobility. Children's mobility negotiations are discussed in reference to interactions with parents, peers and places; journeys in relation to their multi-modality, compositionality and temporality; and mobility formations in terms of ‘companionship’ – travel companions, companion devices and ambient companions. Children's mobility is characterised by interdependencies that both enable and configure this mobility. Three themes – compositions, collaborations and compromises – are used to detail and describe some of the ways these interdependencies take shape and unfold.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)467-481
    Number of pages15
    JournalChildren's Geographies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015


    • children
    • companions
    • independent mobility
    • interdependency
    • mobile methods
    • mobility


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