Gender in the Post-Fordist Urban: The Gender Revolution in Planning and Public Policy

Gender in the Post-Fordist Urban: The Gender Revolution in Planning and Public Policy

by Marguerite van den Berg

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Gender in the Post-Fordist Urban: The Gender Revolution in Planning and Public Policy by Marguerite van den Berg

This book investigates the gender revolution in urban planning and public policy. Building on feminist urban studies, it introduces the concept of genderfication as a means of understanding the consequences of post-Fordist gender notions for the city. It traces the changes in western urban gender relations, arguing that in the post-Fordist urban landscape gender is used for urban planning and public policy – both to rebrand a city’s image and to produce space for gender-equal ideals, often at the cost of precarious urban populations. This is a topic that remains largely unexplored in critical urban studies and radical geography. Chapters cover how Jane Jacobs’ perspectives provide an alternative to the patriarchal modernist city for contemporary planners and using Rotterdam as a case study Van Den Berg discusses why new urban planning methods focus on attracting women and children as new urbanites. Topics include: forms of place marketing, gender as a repertoire for contemporary urban Imagineering and the concept of urban re-generation. The final chapter investigates how cities aiming to redefine themselves imagine future populations and how they design social policies that explicitly and particularly target women as mothers. Scholars in all fields of urban studies will find this work thought-provoking, instructive and informative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319849270
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marguerite van den Berg is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research is at the intersection of urban studies, gender studies and sociologies of culture. Marguerite teaches in the Sociology Programme, focussing on courses such as Public Issues and Policy and Gender & Sex in the City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender in the post-Fordist Urban.- 1. Urban theory: Feminist Urban Studies and the Urban Gender Revolution.- 2. Imagineering: Social Engineering through Gendered Mythmaking.- 3. Planning: Attracting Women and Children as New Urbanites.- 4. Social Policy: Targeting Women in Urban Policies – Producing Subject-Positions.- Conclusions: the City as a Potent Muscleman in Pink Stilettos.

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“A state-of-the-art analysis of how post-Fordist urban spaces are materializing via reordered divisions of labour. This book is a must-read for geographers, feminist theorists, and social theorists. Setting out Rotterdam as her case study, van den Berg compels us to rethink the production of post-Fordist space beyond the capital-labour relation.” (Professor Lisa Adkins, Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro), Finland)

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