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By Linda McDowell

How is gender associated with geography? Do women and men stay various lives in numerous components of the realm? And if gendered attributes are socially built, then how do femininity and masculinity differ through the years and area? those are a few of the questions Linda McDowell explores during this obtainable, wide-ranging, and thorough creation to feminist views on geography.

A very popular feminist geographer, McDowell takes readers via quite a few methods and arguments within the box, in addition to various interpretations of keyword phrases, similar to feminism, intercourse, gender, and patriarchy. She examines the gendering of particular areas and areas starting from the office to the state country, and strikes simply from concept to perform, within the type of case reviews to light up themes as various as social constructionist principles in regards to the physique (crucial to discussions of gendered id) and the geographies of place of abode and salary hard work in a number of destinations round the globe.

What do geographers need to say approximately social family among women and men, migration and trip, borders and limits, position and nonplace in a literal and metaphorical feel? As she considers those concerns extensive, McDowell finds how feminist geography is helping clarify the large disruptions and ameliorations that experience altered the connections among humans and locations in fresh years.

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But it is in this chapter that I lay the groundwork for an understanding of embodied geographies. The chapter is divided into five parts. In it I shall introduce you to some of what I think has been the most exciting research by feminist scholars in the last few years. Recently there has been a remarkable flowering of femi34 In and Out of Place: Bodies and Embodiment nist scholarship about the body which has challenged not only many takenfor-granted notions about the nature of our bodies but has also forced feminist and other scholars to rethink their ideas about biology, about bodies and about the distinction between sex and gender: that key distinction through which feminists first dealt with questions about the sexed body.

New theories of the subject and the deconstruction of stable identities bring in their wake, however, new anxieties about the prospects 24 Introduction: Place and Gender for a specifically feminist scholarship and politics. If there is no longer a stable category 'woman', how may we make claims on her behalf? 'Many feminists have pondered the implications of this dilemma (FoxGenovese 1986; Grosz 1994; Mascia-Lees et al. 1989; McDowell 1991b). Here is Linda Alcoff as a representative voice: What can we demand in the name of women if "women" do not exist and demands in their name simply reinforce the myth that they do.

What it means to be a woman or a man is, therefore, context-dependent, relational and variable, albeit constrained by the rules and regulations of the time which define permitted 23 Introduction: Place and Gender and transgressive acts. Thus gender, as Linda Alcoff, a feminist political theorist, argued, 'is not a point to start from in the sense of being a given thing but is, instead, a posit or construct, formalizable in a nonarbitrary way through a matrix of habits, practices and discourse' (1988: 431).

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