Gender, Identity and Place: Understanding Feminist by Linda McDowell

By Linda McDowell

How is gender associated with geography? Do women and men stay diversified lives in numerous elements of the realm? And if gendered attributes are socially developed, then how do femininity and masculinity differ over the years and house? those are many of the questions Linda McDowell explores during this obtainable, wide-ranging, and thorough advent to feminist views on geography.

A very popular feminist geographer, McDowell takes readers via quite a few techniques and arguments within the box, in addition to diverse interpretations of keyword phrases, comparable to feminism, intercourse, gender, and patriarchy. She examines the gendering of particular areas and areas starting from the place of work to the state country, and strikes simply from concept to perform, within the type of case stories to light up subject matters as assorted as social constructionist principles in regards to the physique (crucial to discussions of gendered identification) and the geographies of place of abode and salary exertions in a number of destinations round the globe.

What do geographers need to say approximately social kinfolk among women and men, migration and go back and forth, borders and limits, position and nonplace in a literal and metaphorical feel? As she considers those matters extensive, McDowell unearths how feminist geography is helping clarify the massive disruptions and differences that experience altered the connections among humans and areas in fresh years.

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This is the term which describes the relationship between the social world and its inscription on bodies. Thus hexis includes the different ways individuals and groups have of bearing their bodies, presenting them to others, moving or making space for their bodies. Bourdieu argued that 'social distinctions and practices are embedded in the most automatic gestures or the apparently most insignificant techniques of the body - ways of walking or blowing one's nose, ways of eating and talking' (1984: 466).

He suggested that: 41 In and Out of Place: Bodies and Embodiment There is no better image of the logic of socialization, which treats the body as a 'memory-jogger', than those complexes of gestures, postures and words - simple interjections or favourite cliches - which only have to be slipped into, like a theatrical costume, to awaken, by the evocative power of bodily nemesis, a universe of readily made feelings and experiences. The elementary actions of bodily gymnastics, especially the specifically sexual, biologically preconstructed aspect of it, charged with social meanings and values, function as the most basic of metaphors, capable of evoking a whole relationship to the world and through it a whole world.

For young women and men, or older women and men, for straight or gay people, different spaces have particular significances and different relations of power that vary over time. For women with small children, for example, the home may be simultaneously a place of safety and a trap; for waged workers at the end of the day it may be a longed-for haven or a place where complex relations of age and gender have to be negotiated and renegotiated. The urban street and park, which for some are spaces for liberation and exploratory behaviours, are for others inaccessible, or places of fear and danger.

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