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Negotiation and navigation: an exploration of the spaces/places of working-class lesbians

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Yvette Taylor


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This article focuses primarily on working-class lesbians' 'sense of place' and their relations to the often devalued territories that they inhabit. The relationship between sexual identity and class has received little academic attention - here the 'gaps' in the literature pertaining to 'lesbian and gay' space, and to (de-sexualised) class space, will be identified. By including empirical data from my ESRC project 'Working-class lesbians: classed in a classless climate' (2004) I offer a picture of the ways in which classed spaces is sexualised and sexualised space is classed and suggest that space is constitutive of identity in terms of where it places people, both materially and emotionally.

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Author(s): Taylor Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociological Research Online

Year: 2004

Volume: 9

Issue: 1

ISSN (electronic): 1360-7804