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A democratization of urban space: gender and ethnicity in the Whitechapel Market

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posted on 27.07.2020 by Shlomit Flint Ashery, Asya Natapov
This article examines how the replication of familial, communal patterns from the home country is shaping public space. Combining the synergetic aspects of subjective experience with the objective measurements of the space, we study Whitechapel Market in the East End of London. We shed new light on the term public sphere, revealing two socio-spatial mechanisms: the first is an adaptation of the spatial structure—a way of the local community to create separation between females and males in the heterogeneous western public space. The second is the “invisible hands” of the females: the unobservable force that contributes to the community’s wealth and cohesion. Our findings show the capacity of a given urban form for adaptation—it creates a new public sphere, partly democratized, but still segregated. A sphere, that from one hand provides traditional gendered roles, and from another a fertile environment for social and economic prosperity.

Funding

AHRC [R24 AH/N00146X/1]

The Israel Science Foundation [95/1]

European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions [MSCA IF 744835]

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Journal of Urban Affairs

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Urban Affairs Association

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Urban Affairs on 8 June 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07352166.2020.1749006.

Publication date

2020-06-08

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0735-2166

eISSN

1467-9906

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Asya Natapov. Deposit date: 25 July 2020

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