Reclaiming Cities as Spaces of Middle Class Parenthood by Johanna Lilius (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) is a study of urban parenting, changing parental practices and contemporary family lifestyles in inner-city milieus from the viewpoint of urban planning. The theoretical framework is inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s theory of space (1991); the empirical context is the capital of Finland, Helsinki. Johanna Lilius is a post-doctoral research at the Aalto University, Department of Architecture, in Finland.
From the publishers website:
For nearly a century families have been out-migrating to suburbs and peri-urban areas. In this book, Johanna Lilius conceptualizes the relatively recent phenomenon of families choosing to live in the inner city. Drawing on a range of qualitative data, the book offers a holistic approach to simultaneously understanding changes within parenting practices and changes connected to city development. The book explains not only why families choose to stay in the inner city and how they use the city in their everyday lives, but also how families change the landscape of contemporary cities, and how the family is, and has been, perceived in urban planning and policy-making. The Nordic perspective provided by Lilius makes this book an important contribution in helping understand inner city change outside the Anglo-American context, and will appeal to an international audience.
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