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This volume challenges the imagery of cities by looking through a gendered lens at how women utilize urban space. Focusing on the conceptual and methodological manner of boundaries, the book reminds us that women are members of multiple and diverse groups and as such, they can be active, creative, and powerful agents. Multidisciplinary essays, contributed by urbanists, geographers, political scientists, and historians, explore the ways in which women confront, break down, resist, and form new boundaries and interconnections, both visible and invisible. Arguing for a change in the traditional agenda of cities, the authors investigate how aspects of urban life and space would look considerably different if the alternatives and options presented by women and other marginalized groups were taken into account. They urge us toward a better understanding of how diverse social groups interact, how urban space can enhance such interaction, and what role formal and informal laws, by-laws, policies, and other planning measures should play.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Visible or Invisible? Gendered Urban Boundaries Chapter 3 1 Not Named or Identified: Politics and the Search for Anonymity in the City Chapter 4 2 The Two Major Living Realities: Urban Services Needs of First Nations Women in Canadian Cities Part 5 Part II: Intersections of Gendered Boundaries: Race, Class, and Ethnicity Chapter 6 3 Identity, Difference, and the Geographies of Working Poor Women's Survival Strategies Chapter 7 4 Boundaries Cracked: Gendering Literacy, Empowering Women, and Building Community Chapter 8 5 Black Women as City Builders Chapter 9 6 Women Embounded: Intersections of Public Housing Policy and Welfare Reform Part 10 Part III: Challenging Planned Boundaries Chapter 11 7 Theorizing Canadian Planning History: Women's Gender and Feminist Perspectives Chapter 12 8 Resisting Boundaries? Using Safety Audits for Women Chapter 13 9 Sex, Lies, and Urban Life: How Municipal Planning Marginalizes African-American Women and Their Families Chapter 14 10 Manipulating Constraints: Women's Housing and the Metropolitan Context Chapter 15 Epilogue: Cracks, Light, Energy