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Co-inhabiting public spaces: Diversity and playful encounters in DarwAustralia

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posted on 2024-06-03, 13:36 authored by M Lobo
When fear and anxiety circulate in public spaces of diverse western cities, heightened surveillance can provide a sense of safety and comfort. These measures of surveillance that target bodies that are 'out of place', however, are limited in animating public spaces. This paper focuses on Darwa small but rapidly growing north Australian city where the visibility of Aboriginal people from Greater Darwin/regional communities and migrant newcomers from countries in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East often circulates fear and anxiety and deadens public spaces. I argue that playful events or spontaneous multisensory encounters of humans, non-humans and material things, however, have the potential to animate these public spaces. The paper focuses on these events in a Drop-in open-air café-community garden-Op shop in a culturally diverse northern suburb of Darwin. It suggests that the vibrancy of matter and the vitality of non-human forms of life can inform how we co-inhabit cities of difference and unsettle policies of social cohesion that focus on integration into a dominant white majority culture.

History

Journal

Geographical Review

Volume

106

Season

Special feature

Pagination

163-173

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0016-7428

eISSN

1931-0846

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, the American Geographical Society of New York

Issue

2

Publisher

WILEY-BLACKWELL