Kathryn Besio.”In the Lady’s Seat: Cosmopolitan Women Travelers in Pakistan”. Women, Religion, & Space: Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith. Syracuse University
Press: 2007. Permission to republish granted by Syracuse University Press.
Kathryn Besio is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego as well as a MA and Phd in the field of Geography from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Kathryn Besio’s chapter uses the case study of Pakistan to analyze how women travelers adapt to countries that value different norms, practices, and modes of public conduct. She examines the ability to travel easily based on the level of adaption and conformity on behalf of cosmopolitan women travelers. The overall aim of Besio’s ethnographic research is to address the materiality of women travelers’ experience, along with the discursive production and consumption of a cosmopolitan woman traveler’s identity.
L. McDowell. “Towards an understanding of the Gender Division of Urban Space”. in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 1993 1: 59-72. Permission to republish granted by Pion.
Linda Mcdowell is a professor of Human Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. Her research works with the connections between economic restructuring, labour market change and class and gender divisions in Great Britain.
This article contains a critical review of urban theory and of some current work in urban studies on ‘women’s issues’. The principal aim of the paper is advocacy, and the plea is for feminist theory and feminist analysis in regards to social relations and the theoretical issues raised by patriarchy.
William R. Leach. “Transformations in a Culture of Consumption: Women and Department Stores, 1890-1925”. in The Journal of American History 1984 71: 319-342. Permission to republish granted by The Organization of American Historians.
William R. Leach is a professor that specializes in modern American culture. He received his B.A. from Rutgers (1965) and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (1976).
Leach’s article, explores female freedom as it is remade within a consumer matrix. He argues that their consumer experience challenged the complex qualities traditionally known as female dependency and domestic inwardness. He concludes that this shift would take many forms, but nonetheless be a transformative moment in history.
Mona Domosh. “The ‘Women of New York’: A Fashionable Moral Geography”. in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2001 19: 573-592. Permission to republish granted by Pion.
Mona Domosh received her BA, MA, and PhD at Clark University in Massachusetts, USA. She is currently a professor of Geography, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA.
The landscape of mid-19th century New York City was marked by pockets of consumer and leisure spaces. Domosh argues in her article that many of the fears and anxieties generated by this visual efflorescence of consumption focused on what became a socially constructed ‘type’: the New York Woman. She suggests there is a fashionable moral geography of the 19th century city of New York, which has reverberated into contemporary discussion of the late 20th century cities.
Liz Bondi and Damaris Rose. “Constructing Gender, Constructing the Urban: A review of Anglo-American Feminist Urban Geography”. in Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 2003 10: 229-245. Permission to republish granted by Routledge: Taylor and Francis.
Liz Bondi is Professor of Social Geography at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a counsellor accredited by COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). Damaris Rose is a professor of Urban Geography, Housing, and Immigration at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Societe in Montreal, Canada.
Bondi and Rose’s article explores the changing shape of Anglo-American feminist urban geography through a discussion of material published in Gender, Place, and Culture and elsewhere over the past decade. Their article reflects on the lack of perspective on the trajectories of feminist urban geography outside of the Anglo-American context, and ultimately asks whether the boundaries, within which their review has been conducted, are themselves gendered.
Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon, et al. “Urban Planning, Gender and the Use of Public Space in a Peripheral Neighbourhood of Barcelona”. in Cities 2004 24: 215-223. Permission to republish granted by Elsevier.
Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon gained her scholarship in Geographical Thought, Geography and Gender, and Rural Geography. She was professor of Geography at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona until 2010.
This article analyzes the use of the Via Julia, a public space in Barcelona that is an outstanding example of participatory urban planning in a peripheral working class district for the early 1980s. Garcia-Ramon explains this co-ed participation as a case of successful remodeling that is related to a particular social and political conjuncture in Spain. This conjuncture included the conspicuous role of women, ultimately speaking to their participation in this public space.
Deborah Epstein Nord. “Introduction: Rambling in the Nineteenth Century”. Walking the Victorian Streets: Women, Representation, and the City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1995. Permission to republish granted by Cornell University Press.
Deborah Nord is a graduate from Barnard College, with an additional two years in an M.A. program at the Victorian Studies Center of the University of Leicester. She has earned her Phd from Columbia University, and is currently a professor of English at Princeton University.
Nord she discusses the role of the 19th century rambler as an essential spectator on the margins of the urban sphere. She explores the larger gender dynamics in regards to the experiences of the spectator and the spectacle. With respect to the urban culture and history of the time, Nord ultimately questions whether a woman could assume the distant, often anoymous, role of a spectator, or would her presence in the public always be subject to the male stroller's gaze.
Farha Ghannam. “Chapter 4: Gender and the Struggle Over Public Space”. Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo. University of California Press: 2002. Permission to republish granted by University of California Press.
Farha Ghannam is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She received her BA and MA from Yarmouk University, Jordan, and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
In her chapter, Ghannam explores the dichotomy between public and private spaces for women in the Middle East. She explores women’s limited access to public spaces as a manifestation of gender-biased notions and the public’s conceptualization of this from a male point of view. Her analysis aims to go beyond simply reaffirming these gendered spaces, but to address the development and creation of boundaries between public and private, and how that determines power relations.
Banu Gokariksel. “The Intimate Politics of Secularism and the Headscarf: the Mall, the Neighborhood, and the Public Square in Istanbul”. in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 19 1: 1-20. Permission to republish granted by Routledge: Taylor and Francis.
Banu Gokariksel is an associate professor at University of North Carolina and an adjunct professor of women’s studies at Duke University. She is a cultural geographer that specializes on feminist geography.
The headscarf continues to be a highly charged political issue in Turkey where it is often understood through the prism of the opposition between so-called Islamists versus secularists. Gokariksel’s work brings together feminist scholarship on the politics of everyday space and recent rethinking of the categories of secularism and religion.
Explore the lives of women during the Qajar era (1796-1925) through a wide array of materials from private family holdings and participating institutions. Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran provides bilingual access to thousands of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, publications, everyday objects, works of art and audio materials, making it a unique online resource for social and cultural histories of the Qajar world.
Permission to republish granted by Harvard University.
Feminist geographers and urban sociologists have long scrutinized gender as a taken-for-granted aspect of urban life. The articles in this collection prompt us to think about the nuanced relationship between gender and public spaces of the city.
This collection grapples with the following questions: How has feminist theory challenged and reworked our understanding of city spaces? What kinds of gendered politics are involved in the production of public spaces? How does the city, as a socially produced environment, shape and influence women’s everyday lives? How does gender, as a constitutive element of social relationships, impact the shape of the city? And finally, in what ways do women navigate, relate to, or challenge the often-conflicting norms and expectations that govern their public presence?
The articles in this issue bring together experiences of women from diverse national contexts: from local markets in Cairo to shopping malls in Istanbul and sports stadiums in Tehran; from a walk in the Victorian streets of various modern metropolises to a ride in the “Lady’s Seat” in Pakistan. This collection provides the reader with an opportunity to carry out cross-cultural comparisons of the historical and contemporary positions of women in the public spaces of the cities.