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Gender, Identity, and Place

Understanding Feminist Geographies

1999
Author:

Linda McDowell

Gender, Identity, and Place

A fascinating overview of feminist perspectives on geography.

How is gender linked to geography? Do men and women live different lives in different parts of the world? And if gendered attributes are socially constructed, then how do femininity and masculinity vary over time and space? These are some of the questions Linda McDowell explores in this accessible, wide-ranging, and thorough introduction to feminist perspectives on geography.

A coherent and thoughtful exploration of the themes, approaches, and dilemmas of feminist geographic research. A delightful, clear, and intelligent review of a diverse literature.

Economic Geography

How is gender linked to geography? Do men and women live different lives in different parts of the world? And if gendered attributes are socially constructed, then how do femininity and masculinity vary over time and space? These are some of the questions Linda McDowell explores in this accessible, wide-ranging, and thorough introduction to feminist perspectives on geography.

A highly regarded feminist geographer, McDowell takes readers through various approaches and arguments in the field, as well as different interpretations of key terms, such as feminism, sex, gender, and patriarchy. She examines the gendering of specific spaces and places ranging from the workplace to the nation state, and moves easily from theory to practice, in the form of case studies to illuminate topics as diverse as social constructionist ideas about the body (crucial to discussions of gendered identity) and the geographies of residence and wage labor in various locations around the globe.

What do geographers have to say about social relations between men and women, migration and travel, borders and boundaries, place and nonplace in a literal and metaphorical sense? As she considers these issues in depth, McDowell reveals how feminist geography helps explain the huge disruptions and transformations that have altered the connections between people and places in recent years.

Gender, Identity, and Place

Linda McDowell is director of the Graduate School of Geography at Cambridge University.

Gender, Identity, and Place

A coherent and thoughtful exploration of the themes, approaches, and dilemmas of feminist geographic research. A delightful, clear, and intelligent review of a diverse literature.

Economic Geography

An accessible, wide-ranging, and thorough introduction to feminist perspectives on geography.

Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society

A rich and compelling testament to a rapidly maturing field of study, a field for whose very existence we all owe Linda McDowell and other pioneers a great deal of gratitude.

Hypatia

This book will interest anyone who is interested in seeing an example of how scholarship itself changes when gender is not merely included in research, but becomes integral to the assumptions underlying it; namely, that knowledge is created by real people who have real life experiences, and this includes being gendered.

Ethics, Place and Environment

Gender, Identity, and Place

Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements

1 Introduction: Place and Gender
2 In and Out of Place: Bodies and Embodiment
3 Home, Place and Identity
4 Community, City and Locality
5 Work/Workplaces
6 In Public: the Street and Spaces of Pleasure
7 Gendering the Nation-State
8 Displacements
9 Postscript: Reflections on the Dilemmas of Feminist Research

References

Index