Heterosexism and the geographies of everyday life in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Kitchin, Rob and Lysaght, Karen (2003) Heterosexism and the geographies of everyday life in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Environment and Planning A, 35 (3). pp. 489-510. ISSN 0308-518X

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In this paper we seek to extend work on the relationship between sexuality, space, and society by providing a nuanced geographical reading of the sexual production of space in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Utilising queer theory, we draw from interviews with thirty gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals to illustrate how the discursive and material practices that shape the regulation, self-regulation, and resistance of heterosexism are spatially, temporally, and contextually uneven and unequal. Focusing on the spatial arenas of home, work, and social space we document how each space is produced and experienced in multiple ways, and managed using a variety of sociospatial strategies.

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Additional Information: Kitchin, Rob and Lysaght, Karen [2003]. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, volume 35, issue 3, pages 489-510, 2003, [DOI:10.1068/a3538]
Keywords: Heterosexism; geographies; Belfast; Northern Ireland; sexuality; space; society;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3895
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 15:01
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Publisher: Pion
Refereed: Yes

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