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Pram mobilities: affordances and atmospheres that assemble childhood and motherhood on-the-move

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The child-friendly city advocates for children's ‘right to the city’. Much of this advocacy focuses on the independent child, with little attention paid to the accompanied experiences of younger children, such as those travelling in prams. This paper draws on a material feminist perspective to help address this gap. We offer the concept of mother–child–pram assemblage to bring to the fore the corporeal dimensions of everyday pram journeys. By analysing sensory ethnographic materials collected with mothers and young children living in Wollongong, Australia, this paper highlights how the ‘affective affordances’ and ‘affective atmospheres’ of pram mobilities shape urban experience by reference to how motherhood and childhood are achieved on-the-move. We conclude with policy-relevant insights for the child-friendly city.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Clement, S. & Waitt, G. (2018). Pram mobilities: affordances and atmospheres that assemble childhood and motherhood on-the-move. Children's Geographies, 16 (3), 252-265.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85041217885

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 252

End Page


  • 265

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The child-friendly city advocates for children's ‘right to the city’. Much of this advocacy focuses on the independent child, with little attention paid to the accompanied experiences of younger children, such as those travelling in prams. This paper draws on a material feminist perspective to help address this gap. We offer the concept of mother–child–pram assemblage to bring to the fore the corporeal dimensions of everyday pram journeys. By analysing sensory ethnographic materials collected with mothers and young children living in Wollongong, Australia, this paper highlights how the ‘affective affordances’ and ‘affective atmospheres’ of pram mobilities shape urban experience by reference to how motherhood and childhood are achieved on-the-move. We conclude with policy-relevant insights for the child-friendly city.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Clement, S. & Waitt, G. (2018). Pram mobilities: affordances and atmospheres that assemble childhood and motherhood on-the-move. Children's Geographies, 16 (3), 252-265.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85041217885

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 252

End Page


  • 265

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom