1st Edition

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Edited By Gavin Brown, Kath Browne Copyright 2016
    542 Pages
    by Routledge

    542 Pages
    by Routledge

    Comprehensive and authoritative, this state-of-the-art review both charts and develops the rich sub-discipline geographies of sexualities, exploring sex-gender, sexuality and sexual practices. Emerging from the desire to examine differences and exclusions as a key aspect of human geographies, these geographies have engaged with heterosexual and queer, lesbian, gay, bi and trans lives. Developing thinking in this area, geographers and other social scientists have illustrated the centrality of place, space and other spatial relationships in reconstituting sexual practices, representations, desires, as well as sexed bodies and lives. This book reviews the current state of the field and offers new insights from authors located on five continents. In doing so, the book seeks to draw on and influence core debates in this field, as well as disrupt the Anglo-American hegemony in studies of sexualities, sexes and geographies. This volume is the definitive collection in the area, bringing together many international leaders in the field, alongside scholars that are well-established outside the Anglophone academy, and many emerging talents who will lead the field in the decades to come.


    Gavin Brown is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leicester, UK.

    Kath Browne is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Brighton, UK.

    "This immensely useful collection of essays rigorously and insightfully addresses urgent questions about sexuality, space and place in an impressive variety of contexts. It will be of benefit not only to geographers, but also to anyone interested in a rich, nuanced analysis of the production and control of sex, sexuality, and sexual and gender identities and subcultures." – Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law, USA

    "This volume definitively demonstrates that the study of sexuality is not a sub-field of Geography but rather a crucial and integral component that, taken up seriously, inherently redefines the field. Comprehensive, well-organized, and all-encompassing, it is a must for any syllabus not solely on sexuality studies, but more trenchantly, on human geography. The encapsulation of many decades of work on sexuality and its implications for the study and field of geography is breathtaking." – Jasbir K. Puar, Rutgers University, USA and author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

    "On the whole [...] this book is an impressive marker in the field [...] For those who still hold doubts about the status of geographies of sexualities, the volume clarifies the real importance of the subject in how it can help us think about identity, behaviour, place and space. The value of this collection lies in helping to further cement (or for some, legitimise) geographies of sex and sexualities as a growing field of research with valuable provocations for scholars in numerous related fields. Sex and sexualities research can now boast a book capturing the healthy state of the discipline in 2017, as well as a useful reference work for scholars, researchers and policy workers alike." - Sam Miles, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, in Antipode (January 2017)