Cities of Pleasure: Sex and the Urban Socialscape

1st Edition

Alan Collins

Published March 6, 2007
Reference - 244 Pages
ISBN 9780415434577 - CAT# RU49741

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This book contains a collection of cutting-edge chapters that explore various connections between urban living, sexuality and sexual desire around the world. The key themes featured address a number of topical issues including:

  • the controversies and debates raging around the evolution, defining patterns and appropriate regulation of commercial sex zones and markets in the urban landscape
  • how gay public spaces, districts and 'gay villages' emerged and developed in various towns and cities around the world
  • how changing attitudes to, and the usage of urban sexual spaces, as depicted in iconic television series such as Sex and the City and Queer as Folk, reflect the reality of working women's or gay men's changing life experiences.

With detailed case studies, and a strong interdisciplinary appeal, this book will be a valuable reference for postgraduates and advanced students in the fields of cultural studies as well as human, urban and social geography.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Urban Studies.


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