Gendered affective atmospheres: an intersectional analysis of theHalifax Centre Plan
LE3 .A278 2019
Mutlu, Can E.
Master of Arts
Why do women feel unsafe in the public sphere? Anecdotal narratives, as well those in popular media testify to the notion that women tend to be fearful when encountering the urban, especially when alone and at night. This thesis explores the issue of gendered insecurity in the urban sphere, specifically Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, amongst women there are political identities and experiences that shape insecurity quite differently, thus a purely gendered lens is inherently quite limited. Therefore, intersectionality is a crucial framework for investigating issues of gendered insecurity, as well as providing solutions to these ills. This thesis utilizes the profession of urban planning and urban planning theory as a focal point of analyzing the urban. As planners are engaged in a process of biopolitical production, imagining and enforcing certain ideals of spatialization, how planners imagine space matters quite profoundly for inhabitants. With Halifax as a case study, specifically the Centre Plan, the most recent planning document for the city, this central research question of this thesis asks how the Centre Plan addresses issues of gendered insecurity with particular attention to intersectionality. Ultimately illuminating that issues of gendered insecurity are not of priority in the Centre Plan, bur rather economic gain is a central objective.
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