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Transforming the Sexist City: Non-Sexist Communities of Practice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Helen Jarvis



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Romanian Society for Feminist Analysis AnA, 2014.

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This paper introduces the intertwining of resistance and reimagining through a utopian method of thinking differently about, and envisioning, alternative urban futures. This challenges the tendency in orthodox urban studies to neglect the role of women and gender, where the focus is on 'top down' global neoliberal narratives, building instead on a recent resurgence of interest in the social and political spaces of everyday life and a revival of citizenship in civil society. New forms of citizenship coincide with diverse expressions of direct action including practices associated with community-led regeneration. The paper first introduces a well-rehearsed critique of the sexist city. This illustrates the enduring legacy of androcentric urbanism but also how this persists in the commercial exploitation of gender and sexed bodies in contemporary urban space. The second part addresses an identified gap in the literature on the sexist city by first imagining and enacting what a non-sexist community of practice might look and feel like on the ground. Finally, the paper concludes with a suggested agenda for continuing research at the interface of cities, gender and transformation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jarvis H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Analize: Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies

Year: 2014

Volume: 3

Issue: 17

Pages: 7-27

Print publication date: 01/09/2014

Online publication date: 01/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/09/2015

Date deposited: 02/12/2015

ISSN (print): 1453-7559

Publisher: Romanian Society for Feminist Analysis AnA