Negotiating spatial identities: Mobile perspectives on street life in uganda

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    Previous geographical research with street children has principally focused on their micro-geographies in the city. This paper draws on nomadic and episodic processes of homeless mobility, to explore street children's geographies from a wider social, spatial and temporal perspective. By examining street life in Kampala, Uganda as a continued negotiation of public/private and street/non-street locations, the fluid nature of street children's identity is illustrated. Over time, movement between spaces, such as divergent city niches, institutions, homes and other towns, is often subject to power relations operating in street/non-street spaces with each requiring conformity to a different set of values and behaviours. The paper demonstrates how this results in children's street identity changing as they move through the street life path.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-21
    Number of pages17
    JournalChildren's Geographies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Homelessness
    • Identity
    • Mobility
    • Street children
    • Uganda

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Sociology and Political Science


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