Towns are imagined, lived and experienced, as much as they are conceived and constructed. They reflect cultural and intellectual currents, prevailing economic climates and unresolved tensions. They are physical entities, shaped by topography, time and technology, as well as social and spatial constructs. They are also always gendered and contested spaces.
This volume, the last from the Gender in the European Town (GENETON) project, approaches life in the European town over time and across class and national boundaries. Through contextualized case studies, it provides scholars and students with new research—snapshots—of contemporary physical and built environments that explores how contemporary urban residents experienced and deployed gendered urban spaces over an important period of modernization.
Table of Contents
1. Conceived, Constructed, and Contested Spaces: Gender and European Towns — Introduction
Elaine Chalus and Marjo Kaartinen
Part I: Conceived and Constructed Spaces
2. Aristocratic Townhouse as Urban Space: The Fersen Palace in Eighteenth-Century Stockholm
3. "A Busy Day with Me, or at Least with My Feet & My Stockings": Walking for Health and the Female Pedestrian’s Spaces in Eighteenth-Century British Towns
4. "For the Gentlemen of the Town to Walk on by Way of Exchange": Gender, Space and Commerce in the Eighteenth-Century Town
5. Spaces of Sociability in Fashionable Society: Brighton and Nice, c.1825–35
6. Marriage Markets for Elite Women: Imperial St Petersburg and Helsinki
7. The City of Men: Gender, Space and Working-Class Domesticity in Late-Imperial Moscow
Part II: Contested Spaces
8. "Uncontrolled Crossings": Gender and Illicit Economic Territories in Eighteenth-Century French Towns
9. Contentious Spaces: Urban Arenas for Violent Crowds in Pre-Industrial Stockholm, c.1700–1850
10. Absent Men and Tainted Houses: Gender, Place and Self in Stockholm in 1719
11. Behind Thin Walls: Contested Spaces and Spheres of Authority in Late Eighteenth-Century Copenhagen
12. Wives with Knives and Lovers: Murder and Marital Households in Eighteenth-Century London and Paris
13. Pride and Resentment: French Émigrés and Republicans in the Streets of Late Eighteenth-Century Copenhagen
Elaine Chalus is Professor of British History at the University of Liverpool.
Marjo Kaartinen is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turku.