Reading Summary for Lecture 9
DepartmentGeography and Planning
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Authenticating Queer Space: Citizenship, Urbanism
David Bell and Jon Binnie
Impact of the ‘new urban order’ on sexualised spaces in cities. Global cities; to think of urban
sexual citizenship and identities theses cities are producing, hosting and attracting.
Introduction to Consumer citizenship, and its logic to marketed as attraction to certain residents,
visitor and capital.
Sexual citizenchip produces certain kinds of sexual spaces, at the expense of others.
Sexual citizenship interwoven into urban entrepreneurialism, pride parades; the new
homonormativity, producing global gay themed villages and project theses as promotional
Global Cities and (sexual) citizenship
Cities are key sites in struggles over citizenship.
A cornerstone of much work on global cities is the emergence there of new identities and class groups:
The new ‘cosmopolitan class’ of professionals and managers; centered on consumption practises;
They haver thruned their back on the nation-state (and their interests). More loyal to their profession than
city/state. (“professional citizens”).
Other new political identities: “insurgent citizenship”, promoting new rights claims. (inmigrants, greens,
sexual minorities). There is a need for this global cities to act as clomples sites where all kinds of new
identities and practices play out.
Consumer Citizenship and the City
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