In Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban, Linda Peake and Martina Rieker embark on an ambitious project to explore the extent to which a feminist re-imagining of the twenty-first century city can form the core of a new emerging analytic of women and the neoliberal urban.
In a world in which the majority of the population now live in urban centres, they take as their starting point the need to examine the production of knowledge about the city through the problematic divide of the global north and south, asking what might a feminist intervention, a position itself fraught with possibilities and problems, into this dominant geographical imaginary look like. Providing a meaningful discussion of the ways in which feminism, gender and women have been understood in relation to the city and urban studies, they ask probing and insightful questions that indicate new directions for theory and research, illustrating the necessity of a re-formulation of the north-south divide as a critical and urgent project for feminist urban studies.
Working through platforms as diverse as policy formulations and telling stories, the contributors to the book come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and geographic locations ranging through the Caribbean, North America, Western Europe, South, East and South East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. They identify a range of issues (such as care, work, violence, the household, mobility, intimacy and poverty) that they analytically address to make sense of and reanimate resistance to the contemporary urban through articulations of new grammars of gendered geographies of justice.
Table of Contents
Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban Linda Peake (York University) and Martina Rieker (American University at Cairo) Urban Neoliberalism, Urban Insecurity and Urban Violence: Exploring the Gender Dimensions Leslie Kern (Mount Allison University) and Beverley Mullings (Queen’s University) Feminism, Urban Knowledge and the Killing of Politics Melissa Wright (University of Pennsylvania) Transnational City Lives: Changing Patterns of Care and Neighbouring? Dina Vaiou (National Technical University, Athens) New Mobile Woman in South China: Narratives of Female Success and the Imagination of Development in the Pearl River Delta Michelle Huang (National Taiwan University) Retelling Stories, Resisting Dichotomies: Staging Identity, Marginalisation and Activism in Minneapolis and Sitapur Sofi Shank (University of Minnesota) and Richa Nagar (University of Minnesota) Unsettling Narratives Gerry Pratt (University of British Columbia) Feminist Perspectives on Urban Poverty: De-essentialising Difference Ann Varley (University College London) Interrogating Gendered Silences in Urban Policy: Regionalism and Alternative Visions of a Caring Region Gerda Wekerle (York University) Gender and Violence in the Public Sphere: A Tale of Two Cities Polly Wilding (Leeds University) and Ruth Pearson (Leeds University)
Linda Peake is Professor of Urban Studies at York University, Toronto.
Martina Rieker is the Director of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the American University in Cairo.
"At its best, this book shows how feminist urban analysis can continue to be at the cutting edge of urban studies, bringing a theoretical, political and methodological rigour and sophistication to the terrain." – Urban Studies, Eleanor Jupp, University of Kent, UK