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Health Risks in the Home: Children and Young People's Accounts
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Education.
2016 (English)In: Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations / [ed] Punch, Samantha; Vanderbeck, Robert; Skelton, Tracey, Singapore: Springer, 2016, 1-18 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Depending on definition and academic discipline, home can refer to a place, a space, a feeling, or certain practices. House and home are often conflated, but the physical dwelling is only one dimension. Home can be shorthand for an ideal and comfortable haven but is also recognized, by feminist researchers for example, as a place where gender and age represent key dimensions for how members of a household view the meaning of home (Saunders and Williams 1988). Home is therefore understood as a multidimensional concept (see Mallet 2004 for a review). In this chapter we discuss where children and young people localize risks, as well as how they manage risks in different settings with reference to the home in particular. Following a brief review of children and young people's understandings and management of risk in different settings, this chapter draws on two case studies involving health risks in everyday life. The case studies involve children and young people from Scotland who live with parents who smoke and those from Sweden who have a food allergy. These cases are then discussed in relation to the wider literature to illuminate issues such as gender, spatial risk management, and child–parent relations within the home.

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Singapore: Springer, 2016. 1-18 p.
Geographies of Children and Young People, 5
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Risk, Health, Everyday life, Secondhand smoke, Food allergy, Child agency
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30847DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4585-92-7_16-3ISBN: 978-981-4585-92-7 (print)OAI: diva2:967778
Available from: 2016-09-09 Created: 2016-09-09 Last updated: 2016-09-09Bibliographically approved

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