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Title: Constructing space: emotion, work and identity management in public places in London
Author: Sutar, Sadhana
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 0799
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2002
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This research was prompted by the recent boom of academic interest in identity and the construction of space. The thesis begins with a review of literature concerning sexuality and sexualised space, the visibility and spatial presence of dissident sexualities, and the safety and communal aspects of sexualised spaces. By adopting a social constructionist framework and drawing on reality as a constructed concept (Berger and Luckmann, 1966) in combination with identity as a performative concept (Butler, 1990), this thesis looks at how sexualised groups work and manage multiple emotions and manage multiple identities as part of constructing sexualised urban spaces, and how this may or may not differ for racialised groups. A feminist approach was taken to collect and analyse empirical data for this research, and a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed. These methods included participant observation, questionnaires, in-depth interviews and photography. The thesis adapts literature on emotional labour to provide an account of how identities such as sexuality and 'race' are not only experienced in everyday places at an emotional level but are also constructed at an emotional level. The thesis also relates the micro processes of managing multiple sexual and ethnic identities and performing emotion work with the construction of sexualised urban space. In other words the performance of emotion work in relation to space reveals identity to be constructed, and the performance of identities, with the tools of emotion work and identity management, constructs space. By bringing the micro dynamics of identity construction to the foreground the thesis demonstrates that marginal groups may be central to the perpetuation and maintenance of their own marginalisation by their very performance of emotion work and identity management. It therefore offers an initial understanding of how identity, difference and inequality take place at an emotional level in different places and different spaces and most significantly how these are felt.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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