‘There is Nothing Here for Us..!’ How Girls Create Meaningful Places of Their Own Through Movement


Professor Pia Christensen, Institute of Education, University of Warwick. Coventry CV4 7AL, UK, Tel.: +44 (0)24 7652 3938; Fax: +44 (0)24 7652 4177. E-mail: p.h.christensen@warwick.ac.uk


This article focuses on how girls create places of meaning and opportunity through collective movement. It is based on an ethnographic study of the everyday experiences and mobility of 10–13 year old girls living in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark. 1 The girls ventured for a sense of freedom and a ‘place of their own’ to pursue their interests and social relationships. For some girls the creation of places where they felt ‘at home’ would entail breaking rules and transgressing spatial boundaries set by adults.