URBS 4/581—Growing Up in Cities

Supplemental Reading Assignments

Many of these readings might take some time to locate and obtain (others are easily obtained from the University Library’s online full-text journal collection).  You might want to give yourself some lead time for getting these delivered.


1.  Reconnaissance

Associated Press, “Photos show neighborhood dangers,” The Free Press, 3/26/04, p. A10.

Filipovitch, A.J.  “The child in the city:  A research agenda,” Journal of Urban Affairs, 1981, 3(4), 29-36.

Goodenough, E.N., “Peering into childhood’s secret spaces,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/4/2003.

Mead, M.  (1957)  “Towards more vivid utopias,” Science, 126 (3280), 957-961.

Monaghan, P.  “A child’s place in the world,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/7/2000  p. A21-22.


1.2  Techniques for Studying Children

Ladd, F.  (1970)  “Black youths view their environment:  Neighborhood maps,” Environment & Behavior (June) 74-99




2.  The Child:

2.1  Theories of Development

Winn, M.  (1981)  “Where did childhood innocence go?”  Minneapolis Tribune, 2/1/81

Lenhart, M.  (1981)  “Childhood isn’t what it used to be,”  Christian Science Monitor, 1/21/81

Freud, S.  (1924)  “Development of the libido and sexual organizations,” A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis.  NY:  Washington Square Press.

Erikson, EH (1963)  “The eight ages of man,” Childhood and Society, 2nd ed.  NY:  WW Norton.

Piaget, J & B Inhelder  (1969)  “Factors in mental development,” The Psychology of the Child.  NY: Basic Books.



2.2  Play & Children’s Folklore

Franchi, A-M  (1974)  “From child to citizen:  The role of playing,” Building a World Community:  Humanism in the 21st Century

Sponseller, D  (1974)  “Designing a play environment for toddlers,” Play as a Learning Environment, pp. 81-106.  Washington, DC:  National Association for the Education of Young People.

Winn, M.  (1981) “Where did childhood innocence go?”  Minneapolis Tribune, 2/1/81

Lenhart, M.  (1981)  “Childhood isn’t what it used to be,” Christian Science Monitor, 1/21/81



3.  The Urban Environment:

3.1  Environmental Impact on Behavior

Anderson, J.  (nd)  “Street-smart children can learn to be alert, not fearful,” Christian Science Monitor

Pollowy, A-M  (1977)  “Design implications” The Urban Nest, pp. 13-31.  Stroudsburg, PA:  Dowden, Hutchinson & Ross.

Galster, G & A Santiago (2006) “What’s the ‘hood got to do with it?  Parental perceptions about how neighborhood mechanisms affect their children,” Journal of Urban Affairs, 28(3), 201-226.

Bechtel, Robert (1997)  Children’s Environments,” in Environment and Behavior:  An Introduction.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications.


3.2  Children’s Use of Space

Boocock, S (1981)  “Life space of children,” Building for Women, ed. S. Keller.  Lexington, MA:  Lexington Books.

Lukashok, A & K Lynch  (1956)  “Some childhood memories of the city,” Journal of the American Institute of Planners, 22(3), 142-152.

Loukaitou-Sideris, A.  (2003)  “Children’s common grounds,” American Planning Association Journal, 69(2), 130-143.

Barclay, D  (1959)  “Table of Contents,” Understanding the City Child.  NY:  Franklin & Watts.

VanVliet, W  (1983)  “Exploring the fourth environment,” Environment and Behavior, 15(5), 567-588.


3.3  Building & Playground Design

Mumford, L.  (1968)  “Planning for the Phases of Life,” The Urban Prospect.  NY:  Harcourt, Brace & World.

Friedman, A & D. Krawitz.  (2002)  “Living with Kids,” Throuh the Keyhole.  Montreal:  McGill-Queens University Press.

Childress, H.  (1993)  “No Loitering,  Small Town,1993 (Sept-Oct), 20-25.

Editor.  (2004)  “School Construction Special,” Scholastic Administrator, 2004, 3(6), 18-26.

State of Minnesota (1999)  Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 9503  Child Care Centers  available at http://nrc.uchsc.edu/STATES/MN/mn_2.htm


4.  Policy for Children:

4.1  Developing Policy

MN Council on Foundations.  (2004)  “Supporting Minnesota’s Youth:  The State of the State’s Youth Development Funding  available at http://www.mcf.org/mcf/giving/youthreport.htm

Forum on Child and Family Statistics, “America’s Children in Brief:  Key National Indicators” available at http://www.childstats.gov/

Children’s Defense Fund, “The State of America’s Children” available at http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/DocServer/Greenbook_2005.pdf?docID=1741

Stromberg, Meghan.  (2006)  “Homeless youth are not simply younger versions of homeless adults,” Planning, June 2006, 6-12.


4.2  GUIC Programme

Chawla, L.  (2002)  “Cities for Human Development” & “Toward Better Cities for Children and Youth,” in Growing Up in an Urbanising World.  London:  UNESCO/Earthscan.



© 2005 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 1 January 2007