Article | Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden | “Can I Get a Little Space; Please?”: A Cross-Generation Comparison of Leisure Time and Mobility Patterns of Adolescents

Title:
“Can I Get a Little Space; Please?”: A Cross-Generation Comparison of Leisure Time and Mobility Patterns of Adolescents
Author:
Katherine Headrick Taylor: Dept. of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University, USA
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Year:
2009
Conference:
Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden
Issue:
038
Article no.:
021
Pages:
119-120
No. of pages:
2
Publication type:
Abstract
Published:
2010-11-05
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Comparing mobility patterns of adolescents across generations requires methods that incorporate the historicity of human activity. This study examines how adolescent use of space; in terms of leisure time and mobility patterns; has changed across generations in relation to diverse geographic and socioeconomic histories. The data collected from Nashville families includes interviews; parent oral histories; free recall maps; and teen mobility tracks gathered using a wearable Global Positioning System (GPS) device. This paper describes how changes in artifacts; and different levels of community embeddedness have shaped the ways in which today’s adolescents experience and create spaces outside of school; in comparison to their parents’ generation. I analyze how daily activity schedules reflect a division of labor in families between parents and their adolescent children; the variety and place-based structure of community learning opportunities in which adolescents participate during their leisure time (with and without parental oversight); the mutually accountable practices through which teens produce and regulate these spaces; and recurring use of cultural materials and artifacts for producing and engaging with these spaces. Observing geography; class; gender; and age constantly working in confluence in the construction of space through time; this paper further challenges the idea that children from urban working-class families experience “deficits” while participating in and making practices outside of school. While extant models of activity systems (e.g.; Engestrom et al.; 1999) provide considerable guidance in making sense of adolescents space-time mobility and use of community spaces in leisure time activities; there are dynamic; imaginative components of these spatial practices (de Certeau; 1984) that are not well captured by concepts of rules or divisions of labor within the already-existing community. Finally; this paper reports on a comparison of adolescent and parent/guardian (as recalled; in a map construction task) space-time mobility; where both are treated as a linked collection of activity systems. If culturally relevant pedagogy is important for educating students and challenging institutional inequities in the future (Ladson-Billings; 1995); then we must also know what defines youth culture and learning outside of school in the present.

Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Katherine Headrick Taylor
Title:
“Can I Get a Little Space; Please?”: A Cross-Generation Comparison of Leisure Time and Mobility Patterns of Adolescents
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Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Katherine Headrick Taylor
Title:
“Can I Get a Little Space; Please?”: A Cross-Generation Comparison of Leisure Time and Mobility Patterns of Adolescents
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