Relational, Interdependent, Imagined Mobilities
This chapter sets the frame within which children’s mobilities are discussed throughout the book: focusing on the particularities of children’s mobile practices and experiences, while addressing their relationalities and interdependencies in relation to other people’s mobilities, and in relation to time, space and materialities. As childhood is relational and as mobilities are relational, so too are children’s mobilities. By relational, we mean that children’s mobilities are constituted through relations between them and other people, spaces, times, materials, imaginings and so on, with the task of this book being to determine the scope and character of this relationality. This is done so from a mobilities perspectives, understanding mobility not only as children’s corporeal movements but in terms of the intersecting movements of bodies, objects, spaces and ideas through different means, contributing to a broader understanding of children’s mobilities and to a critical understanding of childhood.
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