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1st Edition

Cities and Gender

ISBN 9780415415705
Published June 26, 2009 by Routledge
384 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Men and women experience the city differently: in relation to housing assets, use of transport, relative mobility, spheres of employment and a host of domestic and caring responsibilities. An analysis of urban and gender studies, as co-constitutive subjects, is long overdue.

Cities and Gender is a systematic treatment of urban and gender studies combined. It presents both a feminist critique of mainstream urban policy and planning and a gendered reorientation of key urban social, environmental and city-regional debates. It looks behind the ‘headlines’ on issues of transport, housing, uneven development, regeneration and social exclusion, for instance, to account for the ‘hidden’ infrastructure of everyday life. The three main sections on 'Approaching the City', 'Gender and Built Environment' and, finally, 'Representation and Regulation' explore not only the changing environments, working practices and household structures evident in European and North American cities today, but also those of the global south. International case studies alert the reader to stark contrasts in gendered life-chances (differences between north and south as well as inequalities and diversity within these regions) while at the same time highlighting interdependencies which globally thread through the lives of women and men as the result of uneven development.

This book introduces the reader to previously neglected dimensions of gendered critical urban analysis. It sheds light, through competing theories and alternative explanations, on recent transformations of gender roles, state and personal politics and power relations; across intersecting spheres: of home, work, the family, urban settlements and civil society. It takes a household perspective alongside close scrutiny of social networks, gender contracts, welfare regimes and local cultural milieu. In addition to providing the student with a solid conceptual grounding across broad structures of production, consumption and social reproduction, the argument cultivates an interdisciplinary awareness of, and dialogue between, the everyday issues of urban dwellers in affluent and developing world cities. The format of the book means that included with each chapter are key definitions, ‘boxed’ concepts and case study evidence along with specifically tailored learning activities and further reading. This is both a timely and trenchant discussion that has pertinence for students, scholars and researchers.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Approaching the City  1. From Binaries to Intersections  2. Historical Trends in Cities and Urban Studies  3. Trends in Urban Restructuring, Gender and Feminist Theory  4. Scale, Power and Interdependence  Part 2: Gender and the Built Environment  5. Infrastructures of Daily Life  6. Migration, Movement and Mobility  7. Homes, Jobs, Communities and Networks  Part 3: Representation and Regulation  8. Planning and Social Welfare  9. Urban Poverty, Livelihood and Vulnerability  10. Cities and Gender - Politics in Practice

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Helen Jarvis is lecturer in human geography at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 

Paula Kantor is Director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, based in Kabul 

Jonathan Cloke is Research Associate for the Global and World Cities Group within the Geography Department at Loughborough University, UK


"This book makes an important contribution to urban studies and gender studies by combining a discussion of the Global South with urban scholarship that has focused on Europe and the US, bridging the gaps that keep us from seeing  important worldwide continuities and connections."
Professor Jessica Sewell, Boston University, USA

"Cities and Gender provides a detailed ethnographic analysis demonstrating how gendered power relations are manifest in the structure of cities and everyday life within. At last, an accessible and incisive text that succeeds in intertwining urban and gender analysis." Diane Perrons, London School of Economics, UK