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Title: Contemporary Spanish women's agency in the real and virtual city
Author: Andrews, Margaret.
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis explores ways in which women's agency has been theorised and developed within the Spanish city in general and Barcelona in particular between the Transition and the early twenty-first century. It argues that women and feminists in particular have worked to change city cultures for the benefit of their gender, despite the tendency to conceal such agency in both feminist urbanism and dominant accounts of the regeneration of Barcelona. It maintains that women's positive experiences and the effects of their agency on the city, as well as the disadvantages they encounter, should be the focus of analysis of city cultures. Chapter One explores the ways in which some contemporary feminism have come to focus on the city as a site of female agency. Chapters Two and Three explore ways in which women have used and resignified urban resources to press for greater autononomy and for their contributions to city life to be valued more highly. These chapters also acknowledge the ways in which women have asserted their agency by both contesting unitary narratives of city life, and by challenging inequitable forms of urban organization that do not take account of their needs and aspirations. The focus on revealing women's agency where it has been concealed or misrecognized in dominant accounts of city cultures continues in Chapter Four with an exploration of what some leading Spanish feminist webmistresses have contributed to the development of the virtual city. Virtual cities are conceived of as web sites that mediate information relating to pre-existing Spanish cities and as those that use the city as a metaphor to organize the site's construction. It is argued that, dystopic readings of the nature of virtual cities notwithstanding, several Spanish feminists use such spaces ethically, with the express purpose of supporting other women.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Barcelona