Rethinking Children's Independent Mobility: Revealing Cultures of Children's Agentic and Imaginative Mobilities through Emil and the Detectives

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Abstract

The concept of ‘children’s independent mobility’, which originates in a study carried out between 1971 and 1990 (Hillman et al. 1990), underpins much of the research on children’s mobilities. The study used particular criteria, based on parental determination of children’s abilities and freedoms, to construct a notion of independence. This article contributes to previous work in challenging the assumptions underlying this conceptualisation of independence and suggests a rethinking of children’s mobilities to more firmly incorporate children’s agency and imagination. It does so by firstly critically reviewing existing scholarship and secondly by engaging with an example of a fictional story, “Emil and the detectives”, which itself sets out to privilege both of these key aspects of children’s mobilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-45
Number of pages18
JournalTransfers
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Agency
  • Children
  • Fiction
  • Film
  • Imagination
  • Mobility
  • Representation

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