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, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 219–227 | Cite as

Women’s use of public space and sense of place in the Raval (Barcelona)

  • Anna Ortiz
  • Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon
  • Maria Prats
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Abstract

This article deals with women's use of public space and sense of place in El Raval, a neighbourhood located in the historical center of Barcelona. Attention will be paid to discover to what degree the existence of a quality public space fosters the creation of socially meaningful places, thus contributing to the construction of womens sense of place and urban identities. A qualitative approach, based on direct observation and in-depth interviews with women living in the neighbourhood, has allowed us to capture the main aspects of the building of a sense of place and belonging, that is the use of public space and facilities, the attitude towards living in the neighbourhood, etc.

Barcelona public space Raval sense of place women 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Ortiz
    • 1
  • Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon
    • 1
  • Maria Prats
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyFacultat de Lletres, Edifici B, Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterra BarcelonaSpain (

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