Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space

Jess Berry (Editor), Timothy Moore (Editor), Nicole Kalms (Editor), Gene Bawden (Editor)

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'Contentious Cities' offers unique interdisciplinary approaches to understanding gendered spatial equity in the urban environment. Positioning design as a central component in how cities produce, construct, represent, and materialise gendered spatial practices, it brings together practice and theory to critique, question, and enable solutions that challenge the root causes of gender inequalities in cities. Through a rich array of case studies, practice-led interventions, and historical and theoretical perspectives, it examines important issues that affect the ways in which women, and people of diverse gender and sexual identities experience and participate in cities. Thematically organised, it considers problems of street harassment, heterosexualisation, and equity in access and mobility, together with modes of segregation, isolation, and discrimination, as well as processes of resistance, intervention, and agency. Grounded in feminist and queer methods of analysis, this book offers new insights regarding the representation of cities, the lived experience of cities, and how design tactics and approaches might affect the ways cities shape and regulate how women and people of diverse gender and sexual identities inhabit, occupy, and move through the city. An examination of the ways in which design might shift toward safer and more inclusive cities, 'Contentious Cities' will appeal to scholars of sociology, gender studies, and urban studies, as well as those working in the fields of urban planning and design.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
Number of pages266
ISBN (Electronic)9781003056065
ISBN (Print)9780367520199
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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