Children’s involvement and experience of public (play-)space in two different neighbourhoods: A comparative case study of the representation and the lived experience of children in public space in Amsterdam
In this thesis, I will look at the tension between children using public space and their (in)ability to be seen as actual stakeholders in the governance process regarding public space. I use Lefebvre’s (1991) theory of the production of space as a guideline in finding children’s spatial practices, representations of space and lived experiences in two contrasting neighbourhoods in Amsterdam and how they might be linked to each other. Based on my theoretical framework and empirical research, my findings show that children in Amsterdam are differently involved in public space governance depending on the context. Negative aspects of how a neighbourhood is portrayed, seen and stigmatized and with that, experienced, influence the representations of space and could increase their involvement. Though in both neighbourhood contexts, regardless of stigmas or valence, children wish to be more involved and have more agency.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen