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Marginalized or Empowered? Street Reclaiming Strategies and the Situated Politics of Children's Mobilities



This article argues for the importance of acknowledging street reclaiming strategies and the situated politics of urban mobilities as a vital part of the production of urban space. Urban mobilities often form the basis of formal processes of political contestations as well as informal temporary appropriation strategies. As contemporary cities are often dominated by automobility, various other mobile practices tend to be marginalized in policy and planning. This article centres on an analysis of street reclaiming strategies and the situated politics of children's perspectives and experiences. These two themes provide unique examples of the dimensions of marginalization and empowerment in urban mobile practices. Issues of ‘the just city’ and dynamics of participatory planning are discussed as initiatives to attain more democratic urban mobilities.