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Gender, space, and power: A cross-cultural perspective (Arizona, England, India).


This research is a journey through the subjective experiences of men and women in low-income households in three cities across the world: Phoenix, London, and New Delhi. It examines the gendered nature of spaces in their housing, how this is understood differently in different cultures, and, hence, interpreted as "masculine" or "feminine." It examines the feelings of belonging that are rooted to real or imaginary places, and how this is related to identity formations of particular social groups. Through the personal narratives and experiences of the urban poor in these three cities, this research examines concepts of spatial segregation, representational spaces, human agency, and the production of geographic inequalities. It thus deconstructs generalized sociospatial theories and practices and highlights their complexity by presupposing a different "politics of location" in which to articulate resistance.