Playful voices in participatory design

Rosie Parnell, Maria Patsarika

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It was in children’s everyday spaces that Colin Ward could most clearly point to what he saw as ‘anarchy in action’. Children were identified as key players – both literally and metaphorically – in the anarchist’s social and political world. Both The Child in the City (1978) and The Child in the Country (1988) depict children, in unsentimental ways, negotiating and creatively appropriating their everyday environments. In The Child in the City , Colin Ward understands and positions children’s play in all of its complexity:

Play is often at the same time , training in motor skills and sensory awareness, exercise and excitement, and warfare with the adult world, as well as providing a disturbing parody of this world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation, Childhood and Anarchism
Subtitle of host publicationTalking Colin Ward
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9780203386187
ISBN (Print)9780415820608
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2014


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