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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies
EditorsAnthony Orum
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISBN (Electronic)9781118568446
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019

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Abstract

Sexuality has been a relatively ignored dimension of urban and regional research until recent times. The emergence of “queer theory” in the social sciences, coupled with the rising visibility of “LGBT neighborhoods” in many Western cities, has changed this, and encouraged increasingly innovative investigations of the way urban and rural spaces are experienced by those with sexual identities that are Other to the dominant heterosexual norms present in society. But, in addition to focusing on LGBT experiences, studies have also examined the ways that heterosexuality intersects with gender, class, and ethnicity to create complex topographies of desire and disgust. Such studies make a strong case that sexuality is as fundamental to the production and consumption of space as other categories of identity, and challenge urban and regional scholars to address sexual matters that they might find difficult or even “squeamish.”

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