Tabea Freutel is a PhD candidate at the DFG-funded Research Training Group “Doing Transitions”, a collaboration of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.
With her background in cultural sciences and urban studies, she focuses on topics related to urban childhood in different socio-economic and cultural environments. Within this field she is highly interested in questions concerning equality, sustainability, educational traces, (social) mobility and childrens right to participate.
This research not only aims to contribute to the international and interdisciplinary research about transitions and urban childhood, but to lead to effective pedagogic programs, good policies and a better quality of urban planning as well.
Her doctoral project Time to walk alone focuses on the transition of children to independent mobility (CIM).
Time to walk alone – a comparative study of the transition to independent mobility in Berlin
The research project Time to walk alone aims to study childrens transition to independent mobility (CIM) in different neighborhoods in Berlin. In order to compare ethnographic “miniatures” (inspired by Walter Benjamin), Local Dispositivs of urban childhood (following Foucault) are described for each neighborhood. The aim is to obtain new knowledge about children as actors within this transition (1) and to see the influence of the neighborhoods and their dispositives on the transition (2). CIM influences the life of children directly and permanently, still it is not considered a subject worth examining in the field of transition research yet. This research project aims to close the existing gap.