Towards a nuanced understanding of children's participation and realizing social justice in the urban realm: A case study in the classroom with ethnic minority children

H. AlArasi*, J. Martinez, S. Amer

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This chapter presents a case study of research conducted with 39 children from an ethnic minority background in the city of Enschede, The Netherlands, where we focus on understanding participants’ experiences and perceptions regarding their local neighbourhoods through an experimental digital methodology using Google MapsTM. The findings showcase detailed geolocated observations that can be incorpo- rated into the planning process and hold the possibility of better addressing minority children’s needs in their living environments and realizing social justice. Through our discussion of the research process and outcomes, we reflect on facilitation processes and meaningful participation of children while navigating fieldwork material limi- tations. The chapter starts with a brief discussion on childhood agency and partici- pation, followed by a brief contextual description of the city of Enschede where our study takes place. Next, we highlight the recruitment process followed by a discus- sion of the digital methodological approach we employed to engage the participants in mapping and producing a visual archive of their positive and negative experiences in their residential neighbourhoods. Finally, we reflect on our study alongside larger debates on children’s agency and participation in urban planning processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Justice for Children in the South
EditorsGraciela H. Tonon
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-19-5045-2
ISBN (Print)978-981-19-5044-5
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameEvidence-Based Approaches to Peace and Conflict Studies
ISSN (Print)2730-5651
ISSN (Electronic)2730-566X


  • Children’s participation · Child-friendly · Social justice · Agency · Mapping · Children’s perceptions
  • 22/4 OA procedure

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