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Record number 402922
Title Leisure in urban public spaces: who defines social integration?
Author(s) Peters, K.B.M.
Source In: Conference Abstracts XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology "Sociology on the Move", Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July 2010. - International Sociological Association - p. 368 - 368.
Event XVII ISA Congress Sociology on the Move, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010-07-11/2010-07-17
Department(s) Cultural Geography
Publication type Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract 2010S02035 Peters, Karin (Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 6700 AA [tel: +31 317 486025; fax: +31 317 419000; e-mail:]), Leisure in Urban Public Spaces: Who Defines Social Integration?, International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden, ¶ The term integration is widely used & debated but seldom defined in any specific or explicit way in either academic writing or public discussion. It can be argued that integration revolves around the imperative to be involved in the affairs of the place where one lives. In order to better understand integration, peoples’ relationships with particular places & their everyday encounters with & responses to dominant discourses & structures of belonging are of importance. Moreover, it is important to acknowledge the notion of difference & take as a starting point the experiences of individuals in their everyday life. In this paper, I focus on visiting public spaces as a setting where encounters can take place. Since diversity & complexity characterise the ways in which inhabitants construct their perceptions & meanings about the meaning of public space, this study aims at grasping this variety. Results are based on a qualitative study executed in a multi-ethnic urban neighbourhood in the Netherlands. Starting from the individual evaluation of the everyday life of people, I will show to what extent experiences in public spaces positively or negatively contribute to a feeling of belonging. Results show that positive memories created in public spaces strengthen the feelings of being at home in a certain neighbourhood.
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