Gender and Planning: A Reader

Gender and Planning: A Reader

by Lisa J. Servon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813534992

ISBN-13: 9780813534992

Pub. Date: 01/01/2005

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Increasingly, experts recognize that gender has affected urban planning and the design of the spaces where we live and work. Too often, urban and suburban spaces support stereotypically male activities and planning methodologies reflect a male-dominated society.

To document and analyze the connection between gender and planning, the editors of this volume have

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Increasingly, experts recognize that gender has affected urban planning and the design of the spaces where we live and work. Too often, urban and suburban spaces support stereotypically male activities and planning methodologies reflect a male-dominated society.

To document and analyze the connection between gender and planning, the editors of this volume have assembled an interdisciplinary collection of influential essays by leading scholars. Contributors point to the ubiquitous single-family home, which prevents women from sharing tasks or pooling services. Similarly, they argue that public transportation routes are usually designed for the (male) worker's commute from home to the central city, and do not help the suburban dweller running errands. In addition to these practical considerations, many contributors offer theoretical perspectives on issues such as planning discourse and the construction of concepts of rationality.

While the essays call for an awareness of gender in matters of planning, they do not over-simplify the issue by moving toward a single feminist solution. Contributors realize that not all women gravitate toward communal opportunities, that many women now share the supposedly male commute, and that considerations of race and class need to influence planning as well. Among various recommendations, contributors urge urban planners to provide opportunities that facilitate women's needs, such as childcare on the way to work and jobs that are decentralized so that women can be close to their children.

Bringing together the most important writings of the last twenty-five years, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of planning theory as well as anyone concerned with gender and diversity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534992
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the intersection of gender and planning1
Pt. 1Public and private space
1What happened to gender relations on the way from Chicago to Los Angeles?15
2Fear and lusting in Las Vegas and New York : sex, political economy, and public space31
3What would a nonsexist city by like? : speculations on housing, urban design, and human work47
Pt. 2Planning theory
4A gender agenda : new directions for planning theory67
5Justice and the politics of difference86
6Women and human development : in defense of universal values104
7Feminism and planning : theoretical issues120
Pt. 3Housing
8Women's aspirations and the home : episodes in American feminist reform141
9Mirror images : technology, consumption, and the representation of gender in American architecture since World War II156
Pt. 4Economic development
10City spatial structure, women's household work, and national urban policy169
11Microenterprise programs and women : entrepreneurship as individual empowerment191
12Space, place, and gender213
Pt. 5Transportation
13Women's travel issues : the research and policy environment235
14The northern drive : black women in transit256
15Gender planning in public transit : institutionalizing feminist policies, changing discourse, and practices275

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