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Gender differences in children's pathways to independent mobility

Brown, B., Mackett, R., Gong, Yi ORCID:, Kitazawa, K. and Paskins, J. 2008. Gender differences in children's pathways to independent mobility. Children's Geographies 6 (4) , pp. 385-401. 10.1080/14733280802338080

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This paper presents some empirical findings relating to the independent mobility of children in two parts of south-east England – one a south London borough, the other a suburban county north of London. In both locations boys appear to enjoy greater mobility than girls, and become independent much earlier. But closer analysis suggests that girls manage to attain similar levels of independence from adults by travelling more in groups. This collective independence achieved through peers is often overlooked, and may compensate modern children to some extent for their loss of individual freedom.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, independent mobility, social networks, peer groups, gender differences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1473-3285
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:30

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