Feminist City: A Field Guide combines memoir, feminist theory, pop culture, and geography to expose what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built right into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods.
Focusing on gendered experiences of the city, the book grapples with the challenge of claiming urban space amongst barriers designed to keep women “in their place.”
From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping new social relations based around care and justice.
Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and pathways towards different urban futures. Feminist questions about safety and fear, paid and unpaid work, and rights and representation prompt us to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and open space to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and care-full cities together.
Leslie Kern, author
Leslie Kern is the author of Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship. She is associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University.
Rights Holder: Between the Lines
rights available: World
age range: Adult
number of pages: 192
publication date: 10/24/2019
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: complete manuscript