Introduction to Feminist Urban Studies

8. Engagement with ideological constructs of urban space, notably the public / private divide.

There is a large literature on the public and private led by feminist philosophers and political scientists. Anthropology was one of the first disciplines to suggest that there was a relation between gender and space, and that it was defined through power relations. It was the work done by feminist anthropologists on ‘public’ and ‘private’ realms, kinship networks and social relations of exchange which has been critical to urban  feminism with its interests in spatial boundaries.

Feminist scholars have brought the private sphere of the home into the urban

Leads to a consideration of the family, the household, violence, children, women. etcetera.