A Discourse Analysis of Gender in Mobility Related Urban Planning

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title A Discourse Analysis of Gender in Mobility Related Urban Planning
Author(s) Heyman, Mathilda ; Stiegler, Josefa Maria
Date 2015
English abstract
This thesis explores how gender is understood and conceptualised in mobility related urban planning. Mobility is central to urban planning in that it is a determining factor in overall quality of life and in that it shapes people’s experience of an urban environment. Discussions about the social impact of urban planning decisions have meant that the concept of gender has become a more prominent element of these discussions. However, some issues become apparent when a gender perspective is applied in mobility related urban planning, notably regarding the conceptualisation of gender and the analysis of gender inequality. Discourse analysis is an opportunity to gain insight into the relationship between language and social reality. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to analyse the discourse on gender found within documents used to inform policy relating to the topic of gender and mobility in the case of Malmö in Sweden. The findings lead to the conclusion that the discourse on gender reflects an understanding based on presumed biological characteristics of men and women. Gender is presented as a binary categorisation and the differences between men and women are emphasised. With regards to policy and planning decisions, we argue that this understanding is analytically limited because it ignores other social dimensions that play a part in shaping individuals’ identity and ultimately their experience of gender and mobility.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) gender
mobility
urban planning
discourse
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20525 (link to this page)

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