Co-inhabiting Public Spaces: Diversity and Playful Encounters in Darwin, Australia


Geographical Review 106(2)

Michele Lobo

American Geographical Society: What is the main purpose of your study?

Michele Lobo: To show that playful interactions in places like cafes and community gardens in the city enables us to welcome people who may be different from us.

American Geographical Society: What are the practical, day to day implications of your study?

Michele Lobo: Suggests how we can live with people who are different from us in western cities.

American Geographical Society: How does your study relate to other work on the subject?

Michele Lobo: It focuses on diversity in Darwin, a north Australian city with a growing population of Aboriginals and migrant newcomers.

American Geographical Society: What are two or three interesting findings that come from your study?

Michele Lobo: The role that non-humans play in facilitating interactions with people who are different.

How shared activities that such as gardening, having coffee together can draw people together. 

American Geographical Society: What might be some of the theoretical implications of this study?

Michele Lobo: The study suggests that theoretical explorations of play/ways of sharing space can provide an understanding of how we can live with difference.

American Geographical Society: How does your research help us think about Geography?

Michele Lobo: The discipline of Geography is committed to diversity and social justice outcomes. This paper strengthens that community by suggesting how we can live difference in the city.

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