Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Gendering the City: Women, Boundaries, and Visions of Urban Life

Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

Gendering the City: Women, Boundaries, and Visions of Urban Life

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GENDERING THE CITY: WOMEN, BOUNDARIES, AND VISIONS OF URBAN LIFE

Kristine B. Miranne and Alma H. Young, ed.

Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000. 229 pp.

US $65.00 (hardcover), US $24.95 (paperback).

Reviewed by Sherilyn MacGregor

Krisitine B. Miranne and Alma H. Young demonstrate the richness of contemporary feminist urban scholarship in North America with this edited collection that takes up a diverse range of issues, from housing policies to planning history. The book contains 10 articles, written as a collaboration among geographers, urban planners, political scientists, historians, and social policy researchers. It is an example of interdisciplinary work, which will be useful to scholars and professionals in many fields.

Each chapter shows that, while planned and symbolic "boundaries" constrain women's options, they also hold out the possibility for resistance and change. The authors aim to challenge "the institutional ways in which cities have been designed, developed, and maintained" at the same time that they are interested in the way in which women interpret their experience of/in cities. To do the latter, several authors examine the particular stories of different groups of urban women; for example, Evelyn Peters writes about First Nations women and Melissa R. …

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