Children’s interdependent mobility: compositions, collaborations and compromises

Bjorn Nansen, Lisa Gibbs, Colin MacDougall, Frank Vetere, Nicola Ross, John H McKendrick

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This paper discusses findings from Australian research that used a qualitative and participatory methods approach to understand how children develop and negotiate their everyday mobility. Children's mobility negotiations are discussed in reference to interactions with parents, peers and places; journeys in relation to their multi-modality, compositionality and temporality; and mobility formations in terms of ‘companionship’ – travel companions, companion devices and ambient companions. Children's mobility is characterised by interdependencies that both enable and configure this mobility. Three themes – compositions, collaborations and compromises – are used to detail and describe some of the ways these interdependencies take shape and unfold.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number1
Early online date20 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • geography
  • independent mobility
  • travel

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