Negative perceptions, fear and stereotyping mean that young people are often viewed as illegitimate users of public space. This leads to contestation around the rules that govern the use of these spaces and often to the exclusion of youth. Yet the nature of public space has undergone radical transformation in recent decades due to the intensification of consumerism, privatisation and surveillance. One such site of conflict is public transport where questions arise about delineating appropriate behaviours, who makes the formal rules, how are these spaces governed or surveilled and with what outcomes for those involved within such space. This paper explores issues of youth conduct on public transport, with a focus on bus networks. It examines the problems that arise during out-of-school hours when youth activities cluster in time and space; as well as conflict around the older cohort of teens who are reliant on bus transportation to access the night-time economy. Particularly, it canvasses the cyclical nature of the relationship between "deindividuation" and disorder among youth when they appropriate public space in groups and the reinforcement of pre-existing perceptions amongst all involved. This paper will draw upon data from an ongoing multi-method research project conducted in Australia that examines incivility and violence as well as crime reduction strategies.
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|Published - 2014
|The Association of American Geographers 2014 Annual Meetings - Tampa, United States
Duration: 8 Apr 2014 → 12 Apr 2014
|The Association of American Geographers 2014 Annual Meetings
|8/04/14 → 12/04/14
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