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Pleasure Zones: Bodies, Cities, Spaces

Pleasure Zones: Bodies, Cities, Spaces

Hardback Space, Place, and Society (Hardcover)

Edited by David Bell

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  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 14mm | 367g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0815628978
  • ISBN 13: 9780815628972
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: notes

Product description

Provides a new interpretation of space and sexuality, with topics ranging from pregnant embodiment to the performance of sexual identities in video diaries, from lesbian geographies to mapping the erotics of the city.How does a subculture appropriate space within the dominant culture? What is the city's relationship to the body? Geographers from England and New Zealand apply queer theory in their consideration of the human body as a vehicle for understanding relationships between people and place. These provocative essays examine the body as an entity constricted by gender, sexuality, race, class, nationality, and disability. They also look at sexual identity as it relates to communities, and how humans "do" gender through regulated practices such as heterosexuality. Pleasure Zones tackles topics such as the politics of gay men's health; the relationship of sex and death to the city; erotic urban landscapes, and how public policy labels lesbians. Each essay attempts to reconcile queer theory and social and cultural theory with the discipline of geography. The result is an illuminating and accessible look at the formation of personal and collective identities. Building on two decades of geography that recognizes the body as a politicized site of struggle, and applying the perspective of the sexual dissident, Pleasure Zones brings a fascinating variety of human experiences into sharp relief.

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Table of contents

- "Upstairs/Downstairs - Place Matters, Bodies Matter," Jon Binnie, Robin Peace, and Robyn Longhurst; - "Trim, Taught, Terrific, and Pregnant," Robyn Longhurst; - "Producing Lesbians: Canonical Properties," Robin Peace; - "(Dis)Comforting Identities," Ruth Holliday; - "Fragments for a Queer City," David Bell; - "The Erotic Possibilities of the City," Jon Binnie