Policy Press

Gendering Place and Affect

Attachment, Disruption and Belonging

Edited by Alex Simpson, Ruth Simpson and Darren Baker

Published

Jul 30, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529232752

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 30, 2024

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529232769

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Gendering Place and Affect

Drawing on affect theory and the key themes of attachment, disruption and belonging, this book examines the ways in which our placed surroundings – whether urban design, border management or organisations – shape and form experiences of gender.

Bringing together key debates across the fields of sociology, geography and organisation studies, the book sets out new theoretical ground to examine and consolidate shared experiences of what it means to be in or out of place.

Contributors explore how our gendered selves encounter place, and critically examine the way in which experiences of gender shape meanings and attachments, as well as how place produces gendered modes of identity, inclusion and belonging. Emphasizing the intertwined dynamics of affect and being affected, the book examines the gendering of place and the placing of gender.

Alex Simpson is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Macquarie University.

Ruth Simpson is Emeritus Professor of Management at Brunel University.

Darren Baker is Assistant Professor of Responsible Leadership at Monash University.

Introduction

Part 1: Gender and Attachment in Places and Spaces of Work

1.The Affective, Gendered Processes of Place Making: Understanding the Home Conservatory as a Place of Artistic Work - Nick Rumens

2.Placing Postfeminism and Affect: Exploring the Affective Constitution of Postfeminist Subjectivities by Leaders in the City of London - Patricia Lewis

3.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Volunteers’ Affective Responses to Space, Objects, and Atmosphere in a Writer’s House Museum - Jessica Horne

4.Trading from Home: The Affective Relations of ‘Doing Finance’ in the Domestic Setting of the Home - Corina Sheerin and Alex Simpson

5.What is the Potential of Psychoanalysis to Understand the Relationship Between Space, Objects and Subject Formation? - Darren T. Baker

6.Affecting a Desiring “Woman Worker”: A Spatial Interpretive Ethnography of a Café in India - Rajeshwari Chennangodu and George Kandathil

Part 2: Gender, Disruption and Unsettling Spaces and Places

7.Taking Place in-as Soho: Understanding ‘the Here and There, Then and Now’ of Gender and Affect Work - Melissa Tyler

8.Affective Practices and Liminal Space-making in Palestinian Refugee Camps - Alison Hirst and Christina Schwabenland

9.Placing Fear of Crime: Affect, Gender and Perceptions of Safety - Murray Lee

10.To Be a Homeless Women in Russia: Coping Strategies and Meanings of ‘Home’ on the Street - Evgeniia Kuziner

Part 3: Place, Gender Identity and Belonging

11.Affective Atmospheres in Finance: Gendered Impacts of Financialization within Sydney’s Barangaroo Development - Alex Simpson and Paul McGuinness

12.Liminality and Affect: Knowing and Belonging among Unscripted Bodies - Nyk Robertson

13.Unsettling Metronormativity: Locating Queer Youth in the Regions - Nicholas Hill, Katherine Johnson, Anna Hickey-Moody, Troy Innocent and Dan Harris

14.Landscape, Gender and Belonging: Male Manual Workers in a UK Seaside Town - Ruth Simpson and Rachel Morgan

Conclusion: Gender, Place and Affect