Feminist struggle over urban safety and the politics of space

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Feminist struggle over urban safety and the politics of space
Author(s) Listerborn, Carina
Date 2015
English abstract
This article explores safety and politics of space in two ways. First, it reviews research on women’s fear and calls for safer cities, identifying four contradictions in the geography of fear discourse. Second, it elaborates on how including various forms of fear may repoliticize the contemporary depoliticized and co-opted safety discussion by focusing on sexist and racist threats rather than exclusively on the white middle classes. Here, threats to veiled Muslim women and their experiences in public spaces are, in particular, emphasized as exemplifying fears that are neglected in the safety debate. The article concludes that, rather than the whole safety issue being dismissed as ‘neoliberal’, there is an urgent need to strengthen the analysis of power and illuminate experiences of pain and fear in sexist and racist violence.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506815616409 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue European Journal of Women's Studies;3
Volume 23
ISSN 1350-5068
Pages 251-264
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) fear
(Muslim) women
neoliberal urban development
safety
racism
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19885 (link to this page)

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