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    Re-imagining home: visualising the multiple meanings of place

    Butcher, Melissa (2016) Re-imagining home: visualising the multiple meanings of place. In: Nairn, K. and Kraftl, P. and Skelton, T. (eds.) Space, Place and Environment. Geographies of Children and Young People 3. Singapore: Springer Singapore, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9789814585903.

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    Discourses of place are implicated in the urban regeneration strategies of government authorities that attempt to shift representations from those of poverty and disorder to creative, “cosmopolitan” living. Young people have had a particular role to play in this process, at times becoming part of the discourse of dysfunction in a portrayal of both disorder and risk, their presence on the street needing to be managed by particular forms of urban planning. This chapter argues that a more polysemous account of urban transformation is needed to understand young people’s diverse attachments to place and the politics of representation that they engage in to manage positions of inequality. Using participatory filmmaking, five young people from the east London Borough of Hackney reimagined their place in their neighborhood, challenging discourses of both degeneration and gentrification. While separately the films provide subjective imaginations of Hackney, entangled they generate narratives of contradiction, loss, synchronicity, and mobility that present a more complex picture of Hackney as home.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Youth, Place, London, Belonging, Home, Urban Culture, Film, Visual methods
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Melissa Butcher
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 13:54
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:23


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