A feminist urban theory for our time: (2) practices of infrastructural labour

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Linda Peake, Elsa Koleth, Susan Ruddick
Chairs: Darren Patrick


Feminist approaches to the urban have long focused on social reproduction—the gendered organization of the household, paid and unpaid reproduction of labour-power, and migration to cities. However, in the current juncture, what is at stake is the social reproduction of the planet itself. Social reproduction is at work in many sites and scales beyond the urban—including bodily, territorial, land-based, regional, and ecological, to name but a few. Proceeding from a focus on social justice rather than difference, we explore and expand upon feminist approaches to social reproduction from a variety of socio-spatial ontologies and from a range of orientations—including but not limited to anti-racist, anti-colonial, trans, eco-justice and indigenous perspectives—in order to understand how social reproduction is configuring both the urban and its constitutive outside.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Nupur Joshi*, University of Arizona - Geography & Development, Lack of sanitation services in urban public spaces: An arena of social reproduction and waste-picker women’s bodily experiences in Ahmedabad, India 20 10:00 AM
Presenter James Angel*, King's College London, Irregular connections: social reproduction and the spatial politics of energy access in Catalonia 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Hanna Ruszczyk*, Durham University (UK), Dept of Geography, The invisible gendered infrastructure in urban Nepal 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Rae Rosenberg*, , Social Reproduction amongst Homeless Indigenous Queer and Two-Spirit Youth: Decolonizing Understandings of Toronto’s Gay Urban Landscapes 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Darren Patrick York University 20 11:20 AM

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