Social Construction of Space: Examples

1. Think about gendered space. In what ways are our spaces keyed to, or produced by, our natures, activities, or social roles as men or women? What are the expectations made of men and women in these spaces? How do we know what is expected of us?


2. How are our
spaces of consumption constructed? Describe: malls, big box stores, downtowns, strip malls. What are the expectations made of us as consumers in these spaces? How do they differ from each other? How do we know what is expected of us?


3. How are our
spaces of leisure and spaces of work socially constructed? What do these spaces tell us about our leisure, and our work? How do we know what is expected? What do you suppose leisure and work might have been like at another time?


4. How do we socially determine the difference between
public and private space? How do we construct our buildings, orient our bodies, or arrange our possessions to reinforce that distinction? What does public and private mean to us?


5. How is
cultural space (that is, ethnicity, race, nationality) produced? What codes space for cultural meaning? Where are the borders to those spaces, and what happens at those borders? Are there "cultureless" spaces?