Playful voices in participatory design

Parnell, Rosemary and Patsarika, Maria (2014) Playful voices in participatory design. In: Education, Childhood and Anarchism: Talking Colin Ward. Taylor & Francis, pp. 99-110. ISBN 9780415820608

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It was in children’s everyday spaces that Colin Ward could most clearly point to what he saw as ‘anarchy in action’. Children were identifi ed as key players – both literally and metaphorically – in the anarchist’s social and political world. Both The Child in the City (1978) and The Child in the Country (1988) depict children, in unsentimental ways, negotiating and creatively appropriating their everyday environments. In The Child in the City , Colin Ward understands and positions children’s play in all of its complexity:

Play is often at the same time , training in motor skills and sensory awareness, exercise and excitement, and warfare with the adult world, as well as providing a disturbing parody of this world.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 13:07
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 18:45

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