Byrum og stedsforståelser i et børneperspektiv. Et studie af hvordan et relationelt stedsbegreb kan bidrage til udviklingen af sundhedsfremmende aktiviteter i lokalområder

Julie Hellesøe Christensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Drawing on Doreen Massey’s theoretical perspectives on relational space, this Master thesis explores children’s conceptions of place and how these can inform physical activity promoting interventions in urban environments. A qualitative mapping of children’s understandings and everyday use of their local neighbourhood in Husum, Copenhagen, was conducted with a fifth grade elementary school class. The mapping provided insight into the children’s good, bad and favourite places as well as their thoughts and opinions of these local places. The analysis lead to the identification of three categories of relevance to the children’s conceptions of place, namely, social processes located in space, experiences of the unknown and contested spaces. Hence, the children’s perceptions of local places are influenced by social relations; memories; whether the children are familiar with specific places; and lastly, imagined dangers in the neighbourhood. It is argued that these aspects should be considered in the development of physical activity promoting activities, as they affect the children’s movement in their neighbourhood. The discussion takes its point of departure in socio-ecological approaches to health promotion, which build on a holistic concept of health. It is argued that incorporating human agency and social factors in analyses of the built environment, thereby combining environmental and social aspects of health, is beneficial. In conclusion, it is important to consider children’s understandings of local urban spaces prior to the development of physical activity promotion in this setting, as socio-material factors have great influence on children’s perceptions and use of places.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 maj 2013
VejledereJohn Andersen & Thomas Theis Nielsen


  • kortlægning
  • fysisk aktivitet
  • børn
  • Husum
  • relationelt rum
  • stedsforståelser
  • kvalitativ