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'Vital Victims: Senses of Children in the Urban'

Book chapter by Dr Jenny Bavidge, in Children in Culture Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood, edited by Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, Palgrave Macmillan. 248 pp., hardcover, ISBN 978-0230275546.

Published June 2011.

This chapter discusses the presence of children in urban environments with a particular emphasis on the tensions inherent in linking children and sensorial urban experience. The argument draws upon work on geographies of exclusion and theories of urban subjectivity to discuss how ways of understanding or explaining urban life are often examined in terms of an erotic and economic freedom defined in part against the figure of the child, especially the child as 'natural' object. The argument is illustrated and developed with reference to visual texts, including adverts and films, which attempt to place the child in the city through a variety of generic and discursive strategies.

Children in Culture Revisited follows on from the 1998 first volume, Children in Culture, to offer further fully inter- and multidisciplinary considerations of childhood as a culturally and historically constructed identity rather than a constant psycho-biological entity.

Find out more about the book - on the Palgrave Macmillan website