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Seen and Heard - reclaiming public space for the young

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Published on Oct 23, 2007

Some people will tell you that 'hoodies' are just another example of a youth cult scaring adults. For hoody we might as well just read teddy boy, rude boy, mod, rocker, skin-head, casual and so on... But rather than being a specific style or cult, the hoody is an item of clothing worn by most children and mostly by children. It's not the visibility of a youth cult in public space that scares people - it's youth culture itself. This is fundamentally changing public space. Recent research has shown that in the UK, 71% of adults said they played out on the street everyday when they were children. Only 21% of today's children said they do. The forthcoming Demos pamphlet Seen and Heard argues that children have been written out of public space. For more information, visit www.demos.co.uk.
This video was made by Demos intern, Adam Ruddick.
The Seen and Heard project is commissioned by Play England and is supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

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