Public spaces, leisure and diversity

By Karin Peters - Public spaces are considered a reflection of society. People are differently attracted to various spaces, and spaces differently affects the everyday life of people. This research focuses on the dynamic relations between being in public space and feelings of belonging. It is in everyday places where people like to be and where people “consume” diversity, and by doing so become aware of cultural others. The focus on the everyday and the mundane for understanding the meaning of public spaces is vital, because by considering the everyday life and consider how social differences are experienced and managed on an everyday basis, broader societal issues can be understood.