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Birdwell-Pheasant, Donna and D. Lawrence-Zúñiga. (eds.) House Life-space: Place, Space and Family in Europe. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers, 1999.

This book looks at the way a house influences domestic life. It argues that a house's physical properties, such as its location, size, and design can influence the behaviors of the people it shelters. It also supports the notion that a home's symbolic meaning as a place, such as its history and use as an icon of class standing, can affect the people it contains. Women and men often have distinct domestic roles, therefore looking at the way a house affects these roles casts a new light on the concept of gender and place. Europe is an excellent source for such a study because its homes often have such rich historical context and distinctive architectural properties. [Meagan Fisher]

Kitchin, Rob and Karen Lysaght. "Heterosexism and the geographies of everyday life in Belfast, Northern Ireland." Environment and Planning A. 35 (2003): 489 - 510

Kitchin and Lysaght seek to draw connections between sexuality and place by focusing specifically on the differences in sexuality of residents of Belfast. They interview transgender, bisexual, gay, and lesbian residents to discuss how practices within that society inhibit or encourage homosexuality. In this study, they investigate the multiple ways in which these practices are executed and received. [Meagan Fisher]

Namaste, Ki. "Genderbashing: sexuality, gender, and the regulation of public space" Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 14 (1996): 221-240.

Using Montreal as a location for his study, Namaste studies the acts of violence termed "Gay Bashing." He claims that the people committing these acts do so in a belief that they must protect their own gender identity, and therefore act against men they deem effeminate or women who appear to them to be masculine. He claims that gender and sexuality are connected, since homosexuals or 'transgenders' behavior is believed by the aggressors to conflict with commonly held views about the way men and women ought to behave. He therefore argues that gender roles and their importance in society are what contribute to the violence experienced against various men, women, and transgenders. [Meagan Fisher]



CREDITS

These annotations were part of an assignment in HUM 3930: Representations of Place and Space, at the University of Central Florida, taught by Bruce Janz. All individuals named were students in that class.

Updated Aug. 15 2005

 

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Dept. of Philosophy
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