Cities and Sexualities

ISBN-10: 0415566479

ISBN-13: 9780415566476

Edition: 2011

Authors: Phil Hubbard
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Description: From the hotspots and fleshpots of commercial sex through to the suburbia of twitching curtains and repressed desires, urban life and sexualities have been made inseparable. Cities are the source of our most familiar images of sexual practice, and are the spaces where new understandings of sexuality take shape. In an era of global business and tourism, they are also the hubs around which a global sex trade is organised and where virtual sex content is obsessively produced and consumed. Detailing the relationships between sexed bodies, sexual subjectivities and sexual practices that are played out in particular urban contexts, this book accordingly explores the role of the city in shaping our sexual lives. At the same time, it describes how the sexual fears and fantasies of urban designers, planners and governors produce particular types of cities in which some sexual proclivities and tastes are catered for but others excluded. This book accordingly considers the symbiotic relationship between sexuality and the city through case studies of the spaces of courtship , coupling and cohabitation, sites of adult entertainment, prostitution, and pornography, as well as radical and queer spaces of public sex, perversion and pride. Though intended as a primer for students and graduates unfamiliar with the literature on sexuality and space, the book will undoubtedly stimulate new research directions in the field, and represents a significant intervention in the cross-disciplinary field of sexuality studies (where there is now significant interest in heterosexualities as well as LGBT identities). Moving beyond binaries of straight/gay, it will offer a wide overview of the state-of-the-art in geographies and sociologies of sexuality, as well as an empirically-grounded account of the forms of desire that animate the erotic city. Featuring boxed case studies, many drawing on original research completed by the author, this book will describe the diverse sexual landscapes that characterise both the contemporary Western city as well as cities in the global South, and hence appeal to a wide, international audience"

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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of case studies
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introducing cities and sexualities
The moral geographies of sex
Domesticating sex
Public sex
On the town: pleasure and leisure in the nocturnal city
Consuming sex: pornographies and adult entertainment
World cities of sex
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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