11 Jul

Co-inhabiting Public Spaces: Diversity and Playful Encounters in Darwin, Australia

Preview was written by Michele Lobo

Q: What is the main purpose of your study?
A: To show that playful interactions in places like cafes and community gardens in the city enables us to welcome people who may be different from us.

Q: What are the practical, day to day implications of your study?
A: Suggests how we can live with people who are different from us in western cities.

Q: How does your study relate to other work on the subject?
A: It focuses on diversity in Darwin, a north Australian city with a growing population of Aboriginals and migrant newcomers.

Q: What are two or three interesting findings that come from your study?
A: The role that non-humans play in facilitating interactions with people who are different. How shared activities that such as gardening, having coffee together can draw people together.

Q: What might be some of the theoretical implications of this study?
A: The study suggests that theoretical explorations of play/ways of sharing space can provide an understanding of how we can live with difference.

Q: How does your research help us think about Geography?
A: The discipline of Geography is committed to diversity and social justice outcomes. This paper strengthens that community by suggesting how we can live difference in the city.

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