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Sex and the Revitalized City
Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship
Leslie Kern  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/1/2010
ISBN: 9780774818223    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2011
ISBN: 9780774818230    

256 Pages


About the Book

Young, single women emerged in the late 1990s as powerful consumers in the wave of real estate development that was reshaping the landscape of cities. Reports claimed that condominium ownership offered women new-found freedom, financial independence, and personal security. But has home ownership truly empowered women, or were the reports merely celebratory rhetoric that disguised more disquieting trends?

To get at the reality behind the rhetoric, Sex and the Revitalized City explores the phenomenon from the perspective of planners, developers, and women condo owners to reveal that women’s relationship with the city is being remade in the image of fast capital and consumer citizenship. As filtered through condominium ownership, neoliberal ideologies are not freeing women from constraints -- they are reinforcing patriarchal norms. This fresh look at urban revitalization exposes the notion of women’s emancipation through condominium ownership as a marketing ploy rather than a major shift in gender relations.

About the Author(s)

Leslie Kern is an assistant professor of women’s studies at Mount Allison University.

Table of Contents



1) Growing Up: Toronto’s Condominium Boom and the Politics of Urban Revitalization

2) Troubling Tenure: Condominium Ownership, Gender, and the Entrepreneurial Subject

3) Under Construction: The Place of Community in the Neoliberal City

4) Securing Relations of Threat: The Intersection of Gender, Fear, and Capital

5) A Date with the Big City: Gendering the Myth of Urbanity







"This original study of the gendering processes occurring in the neoliberal city is a significant addition to scholarly debate on cities and gender. Empirically grounded in the intricacies of the condo market in Toronto it both adds to, and updates, the pathbreaking work around gendered critical urban analysis. An accessible and incisive text that will no doubt instigate future discussions."
-- Loretta Lees, Cities Group, Department of Geography, King’s College London

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Chapter One

Related Topics

Women's Studies
Gender Studies
Cultural Studies

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