Where Gender Comes to the Fore

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  • Title: Where Gender Comes to the Fore: Mapping Gender Mix in Urban Public Spaces
  • Author(s): Hesam Kamalipour, Nastaran Peimani
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Spaces & Flows
  • Journal Title: Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies
  • Keywords: Urban Mapping, Gender Mix, Urban Public Space, Tehran
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2154-8676 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8684 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v08i01/19-30
  • Citation: Peimani, Nastaran, and Hesam Kamalipour. 2016. "Where Gender Comes to the Fore: Mapping Gender Mix in Urban Public Spaces." Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies 8 (1): 19-30. doi:10.18848/2154-8676/CGP/v08i01/19-30.
  • Extent: 30 pages

Abstract

The study engages with the ways in which gender mix plays out in public spaces as a key issue in exploring social diversity and vitality of the urban public life. The paper introduces a mapping method to unravel how gender differences are spatially manifested in urban public spaces. Thus, urban mapping has been considered as a method for producing a kind of spatial knowledge that has the capacity to shed light on how different socio-spatial patterns play out in public open spaces. The proposed mapping method documents where and the extent to which female and male users appropriate urban public spaces. The database for developing and testing the proposed method emerges from two site areas in the city of Tehran. In doing so, the study draws upon direct observation, fieldwork notes, visual recording, and urban mapping as research methods. In this way, the paper raises questions about the importance of gender mix in public space and the ways in which mapping has the capacity to inform urban research.