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Urban Childhoods: Learnings from India and Turkey

Authors: Sukanya Krishnamurthy*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: urban geography, global south, informal urbanisation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual Track 5
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This paper examines the spatial use and transformation of the city from the point of view of caregivers with young children. Three daily living domains – public space, mobility in and around the neighbourhood, and built environment quality are examined. Empirical findings are positioned through cases from Istanbul (Turkey) and Pune (India), where selected disadvantaged neighbourhoods highlight the spatial needs of caregivers and young children. By developing comparative work, the paper points towards the affordances that space (particularly communal spaces) offers caregivers, and the need to better understand contextual and diverse spatial requirements. Within the two different geographies, we see the multifaceted nature and use of public spaces, issues concerning safety, use of spaces in front of the home, on the one hand, and on the other we also see the marginalised position of caregivers and children in high density urban areas. Though in both the locations various activities/ initiatives are taking place to shed light on the needs of children, the support for early urban childhoods through planning and policy is far from optimal.

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