Public Spaces for Youth? The Case of the Jane-Finch Neighborhood in Toronto

Michail Galanakis*

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Abstract

This article examines how public spaces shape racialized youth growing up in a multicultural city. It focuses on youths in the Jane-Finch neighborhood of Toronto presenting their fears, sociospatial practices, and aspirations for social inclusion and urban spaces. Research data consist of interviews with stake-holders and social providers working with youth in Toronto, in general, and in Jane-Finch, in particular. In addition, the article relies predominantly on a focus group discussion with 13 young women and men that took place in The Spot Youth Centre located in Jane-Finch in June 2011. In August 2013, two Black teenagers were killed in the area of Jane-Finch in North-West Toronto. This article was inspired by these tragic losses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-223
Number of pages16
JournalSPACE AND CULTURE
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • public space
  • youth
  • fear
  • violence
  • police
  • Jane-Finch
  • Toronto
  • CITY
  • MULTICULTURALISM
  • CITIZENSHIP
  • POLITICS

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