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COTRIM, Gabriela Souza; FIAES, Carla Silva; MARQUES, Reginalice de Lima  and  BICHARA, Ilka Dias. Urban spaces to (and of) play: an exploratory study in the city of Salvador (BA). Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.1, pp. 50-61. ISSN 1516-3687.

With the growth of large urban centers, public spaces have become places considered unsuitable and dangerous for children and their recreational activities. This present study had investigated how children appropriate public spaces in Salvador’s city. These data was obtained through photographic records of play events in any places of city where was find children playing. The data’s collection happened in different days, being almost always made in time that exist more children in the street. Were registered 21 play events, 19 in boys groups and 2 in mixed groups. In the data analysis was opted about use combined of qualitative and quantitative methods. This study shows that the children’s use of street has gender and social class difference.

Keywords : Children’s play; Urban spaces; Ownership; Meaning; Development.

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