The project was designed as an ethnographic study of one place, chosen by the wider Local Knowledge in Context Programme, referred to hereafter as Cwm Dyffryn.
The main aims of this project were as follows:
- To explore the ways in which young people understand the different places within their locality, and the ways in which these define their pasts, presents and futures
- To generate innovative mobile and participatory methodological approaches to research everyday use and negotiations of their localities.
- To produce new multi-modal longitudinal data with young people living in localities experiencing transitions due to de-industrialization in the representation of their everyday lives, cultures, identities practices and fantasies
- To disseminate methodological, theoretical and empirical knowledge to inform children’s policy and practice in areas such as education, youth work, social health, community development, public planning and children’s rights.
- To contribute to new theoretical synergies in conceptualising the relationship between locality, space and young classed and gendered subjectivities (e.g. embodiment, relationality and affect