Changing places, changing childhoods: Regeneration and children's use of place in Istanbul

Severcan Y. C.

URBAN STUDIES, vol.55, pp.2179-2196, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0042098017711395
  • Journal Name: URBAN STUDIES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2179-2196
  • Keywords: children's places, historic neighbourhoods, low-income neighbourhoods, participatory photography, urban regeneration, EXPLORING PARENTAL CONCERNS, PUBLIC SPACE, REDEVELOPMENT, NEIGHBORHOOD, EXPERIENCES, SOCIALIZATION, CONSERVATION, COMMUNITIES, PHOTOGRAPHY, ENGLAND
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This article is based on a comparative study of 9- to 11-year-old children's place use and preferences in six low-income historic Istanbul neighbourhoods with varying degrees of redevelopment. Data on places used and preferred by children were obtained using the participatory photography technique. The article contributes to the existing literature by showing that children in more redeveloped neighbourhoods are more likely than those in less redeveloped ones to be confined to highly controlled and regulated places and less likely to interact with nature, pay attention to the social attributes of their communities and appreciate heritage.