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Closet Space

Geographies of Metaphor from the Body to the Globe, 1st Edition

By Michael P. Brown


192 pages

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Is the closet just a metaphor? Closet Space provides a highly original account of the spatial metaphor of "the closet", and is the first geography text to focus on this important issue. Using a variety of research techniques and materials, the book explores the closet through texts including:

* the oral histories of gay men in the UK and US

* the sexualised landscape of a New Zealand city

* the national census of Britain and the US

* international travel guides and travelogues

and refers to the work of Butler, Lefebvre and Foucault.

Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of tables xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Epistemologies and geographies of the closet 1

2 The bodies in the closet: performativity, space and

personal narratives 27

3 Producing the closet in urban space: spatiality,

sexuality and capitalism 54

4 National closets: governmentality, sexuality and

the census 88


5 Worlding the closet: desire, travel and writing 116

6 Conclusion: where is the closet? 141

Bibliography 150


About the Author

Michael P. Brown

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography