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The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience

ISBN 9781138815940
Published February 14, 2017 by Routledge
496 Pages - 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Challenging current perspectives of urbanisation, The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban Experience explores how our towns and cities have shaped and been shaped by cultural, spatial and gendered influences. This volume discusses gender in an urban context in European, North American and colonial towns from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, casting new light on the development of medieval and modern settlements across the globe.

Organised into six thematic parts covering economy, space, civic identity, material culture, emotions and the colonial world, this book comprises 36 chapters by key scholars in the field. It covers a wide range of topics, from women and citizenship in medieval York to gender and tradition in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South African cities, reframing our understanding of the role of gender in constructing the spaces and places that form our urban environment.

Interdisciplinary and transnational in scope, this volume analyses the individual dynamics of each case study while also examining the complex relationships and exchanges between urban cultures. It is a valuable resource for all researchers and students interested in gender, urban history and their intersection and interaction throughout the past five centuries.

Table of Contents

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Notes on Contributors

Gender and the Urban Experience: Introduction

Deborah Simonton

Part 1 Economy, Circulations and Exchanges


Anne Montenach

Chapter 1 Patterns of Transmission and Urban Experience: When Gender Matters

Anna Bellavitis

Chapter 2 Women, Gender and Credit in Early Modern Western European Towns

Cathryn Spence

Chapter 3 Toleration, Liberty and Privileges: Gender and Commerce in Eighteenth-Century European Towns

Deborah Simonton

Chapter 4 Gender and Business during the Industrial Revolution

Hannah Barker

Chapter 5 Poverty, Family Economies and Survival Strategies in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: a Gender Approach

Montserrat Carbonell Esteller

Chapter 6 Gendered Experiences of Work and Migration in Western Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Manuela Martini

Part 2 Space, Place and Environment


Elaine Chalus

Chapter 7 Male Servants, Identity and Urban Space in Eighteenth-Century England

Amanda Flather

Chapter 8 Mapping the Spaces of Seduction: Morality, Gender and the City in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain

Katie Barclay

Chapter 9 Painting the Town: Portrayals of Change in Urban Riversides, London and the Thames, a Case Study

Kemille S. Moore

Chapter 10 Modernity and Madrid: The Gendered Urban Geography of Carmen de Burgos’ La rampa (1917)

Rebecca M. Bender

Chapter 11 Home, Urban Space and Gendered Practices in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Turku

Riitta Laitinen

Chapter 12 The Gendered Geography of Violence in Bologna, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries

Sanne Muurling and Marion Pluskota

Part 3 Civic Identity and Political Culture


Nina Javette Koefoed

Chapter 13 Women and Citizenship in Later-Medieval York

Sarah Rees Jones

Chapter 14 Civic Identity, ‘Juvenile’ Status and Gender in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Italian Towns

Eleonora Canepari

Chapter 15 ‘We Had a Row on the Politics of the Day’: Gender and Political Sociability of the Elites in Stockholm, c. 1770–1800

My Hellsing

Chapter 16 Gender, Philanthropy and Civic Identities in Edinburgh, 1795–1830

Jane Rendall

Chapter 17 Negotiating Respectable Citizenship: Homosexual Emancipation Struggles in Early Twentieth-Century Copenhagen

Niels Nyegaard

Chapter 18 Voting as an Act of Estate or Voting as an Act of Class? Voting Women in Swedish Towns, c.1720–1920

Åsa Karlsson Sjögren

Part 4 Material Culture in Gendered Urban Settings


Marjo Kaartinen

Chapter 19 Gender, Material Culture and Urban Experience in Early Modern Rome.

Renata Ago

Chapter 20 The Changing Objects of Civic Devotion: Gender, Politics and Votive Commissions in a Late Medieval Dalmatian Confraternity

Ana Marinković

Chapter 21 Caring and Healing: Women, Bodies and Materiality in Nineteenth-Century French Cities

Anne Carol

Chapter 22 Architectural Language and Mistranslations: A Comparative Global Approach to Women’s Urban Spaces

Despina Stratigakos

Chapter 23 Shoes and the City: Shoes and their Sphere of Influence in Colonial America, 1740–1789

Kimberly Alexander

Chapter 24 Gendering the Automobile: Men, Women and the Car in Helsinki, 1900–1930

Teija Försti

Part 5 Intimacy and Emotion


Katie Barclay

Chapter 25 Shaping London Merchant Identities: Emotions, Reputation and Power in the Court of Chancery

Merridee L. Bailey

Chapter 26 Love Thy Neighbour? The Gendered, Emotional and Spatial Production of Charity and Poverty in Sixteenth-Century France

Susan Broomhall

Chapter 27 The Emotional Life of Boys in Eighteenth-Century Mexico City

Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Chapter 28 Emotions, Gender and the Body: The Case of Nineteenth-Century German Spa Towns

Heikki Lempa

Chapter 29 Feeling Modern on the Russian Street: From Desire to Despair

Mark D. Steinberg

Chapter 30 Risk! Pleasure! Affirmation! Navigating Queer Urban Spaces in Twentieth-Century Scotland

Jeff Meek

Part 6 The Colonial Town


Nigel Worden

Chapter 31 A Gendered History of Colonial Spanish American Cities and Towns, 1500s-1800

Leo J. Garofalo

Chapter 32 Gender in Batavia: Asian City, European Company Town

Jean Gelman Taylor

Chapter 33 Cities at Sea: Gender and Sexuality in the Eighteenth-century British Colonial City

Clare A. Lyons

Chapter 34 Gender, Race and the Spatiality of the Colonial Town in India

Mary Hancock

Chapter 35 Gender and Urban Experience in Nineteenth-Century Australasian Colonial Towns

Penny Russell

Chapter 36 South African Cities, Gender and Inventions of Tradition in the Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Vivian Bickford-Smith

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Deborah Simonton is associate professor, emerita, at the University of Southern Denmark and author of Women in European Culture and Society: Gender, Skill and Identity from 1700 (2011) and a co-editor of Female Agency in the European Town (2013, with Anne Montenach) and Luxury and Gender in European Towns, 1700-1914 (2014, with Marjo Kaartinen and Anne Montenach). She leads the international network Gender in the European Town.

Featured Author Profiles


'In a rich super-collection of 36 essays plus introductions, this Routledge History Handbook offers exciting fare for readers of diverse geographical and temporal interests. Sweeping across Europe, including several of its less familiar northern domains, and reaching out to some of its distant colonies, the anthology spans six centuries. Fruitful coherence and lots of striking fresh insights emerge from the sustained focus on a novel intersection of two themes: gender, both as ideas and in persons, and urban experiences and spaces.'

Elizabeth S. Cohen, York University, Canada 

'Simonton ... presents an exciting body of work that simultaneously offers broad overviews and detailed microâ-studies.'

Jennifer Aston, The Economic History Review

'Overall, the Handbook is a vast and empirically rich collection of essays, which is a valuable resource for researchers, and will undoubtedly be informative for both scholarship and teaching. Students interested in gender, urban history and their relationship will also find much here, and will particularly benefit from the helpful advice for further reading included at the end of the book. The collection makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the gendering of urban experiences, spaces, and places, and what ultimately resonates throughout the volume is the exciting range and variety of current work on gender in an urban context.'

Laura Harrison, Women's History Review