A feminist urban theory for our time: (1) social reproduction, urbanisation and urbanism

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Linda Peake, Darren Patrick, Rajyashree Reddy
Chairs: Susan Ruddick


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 Linda Peake*, York University, Gokboru Sarp Tanyildiz, York University, Rajyashree Reddy*, University of Toronto, Darren Patrick*, York University, A feminist urban theory for our time: rethinking social reproduction, the urban and its constitutive outside
 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Elsa Koleth*, York University, Reproducing the global household: subaltern women and the making of middle-class urbanisms. 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Paula Martín-Gago*, University of Balearic Islands, Sònia Vives-Miró, University of Santiago de Compostela and University of Balearic Islands, Spaces of privilege and oppression spaces of unpaid reproductive work. 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Emily Fedoruk*, University of Minnesota, 'Never ask me again’: Towards a theory of social reproduction as representation in public poetry 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Susan Ruddick University of Toronto 20 9:20 AM

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