1st Edition

Mapping Desire:Geog Sexuality

By David Bell, Gill Valentine Copyright 1995
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is the first book to explore sexualities from a geographical perspective. The nature of place and notions of space are of increasing centrality to cultural and social theory. Mapping Desire presents the rich and diverse world of contemporary sexuality, exploring how the heterosexual body has been appropriated and resisted on the individual, community and city scales. The geographies presented here range across Europe, America, Australasia, Africa, the Pacific and the imaginary, cutting across city and country and analysing the positions of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and heterosexuals. The contributors ring different interests and approaches to bear on theoretical and empirical material from a wide range of sources. The book is divided into four sections: cartographies/identities; sexualised spaces: global/local; sexualised spaces: local/global; sites of resistance. Each section is separately introduced. Beyond the bibliography, an annotated guide to further reading is also provided to help the reader map their own way through the literature.

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Orientations, David Bell, Gill Valentine; Cartographies/Identitie; Chapter 2 Re-Solving Riddles, Julia Cream; Chapter 3 Locating Bisexual Identities, Clare Hemmings; Chapter 4 Of Moffies, Kaffirs and Perverts, Glen Elder; Chapter 5 Femme on the Streets, Butch in the Sheets, Alison Murray; Chapter 6 Body Work, Linda McDowell; Sexualised Spaces: Global/Local; Chapter 7 Wherever I Lay My Girlfriend, that's My Home, Lynda Johnston, Gill Valentine; Chapter 8 The Lesbian FlÂneur, Sally Munt; Chapter 9 Fantasy Islands, Gregory Woods; Chapter 10 Sexuality and Urban Space, Lawrence Knopp; Sexualised Places: Local/Global; Chapter 11 ‘And She Told Two Friends’, Tamar Rothenberg; Chapter 12 Trading Places, Jon Binnie; Chapter 13 Bachelor Farmers and Spinsters, Jerry Lee Kramer; Chapter 14 (Re)Constructing a Spanish Red-Light District, Angie Hart; Sites of Resistance; Chapter 15 ‘Surveillant Gays’, David Woodhead; Chapter 16 Sex, Scale and the ‘New Urban Politics’, Michael Brown; Chapter 17 ‘Boom, Bye, Bye’, Tracey Skelton; Chapter 18 The Diversity of Queer Politics and the Redefinition of Sexual Identity and Community in Urban Spaces, Tim Davis; Chapter 19 Perverse Dynamics, Sexual Citizenship and the Transformation of Intimacy, David Bell;


    David Bell is Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield.
    Gill Valentine is Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield.