The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.
Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
Key Concepts in Urban Studies:
Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.
Spaces within our built environment are gendered (see entry on Feminine Space). Places that can be characterized as ‘masculine space’ facilitate the expression of male-biased activities and power. Produced by material as well as non-material aspects of society gendered spaces exhibit biases towards one or another sex. Aspects of the material environment, such as masculine associated theming in a sports bar, help define the space according to dominant gender use. Behaviors that are socially acceptable within that same space, or which are not easily sanctioned according to gender, comprise the non-material social practices that also help define dominant gender use. Together these two dimensions articulate with social practices creating a ‘gendered space’.
Masculine spaces are places where traditionally men have congregated more commonly than women and where males are at a distinct advantage regarding ...