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Gender in the Post-Fordist Urban

The Gender Revolution in Planning and Public Policy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Marguerite van den Berg
    Pages 1-12
  3. Marguerite van den Berg
    Pages 53-72
  4. Marguerite van den Berg
    Pages 111-114
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-128

About this book


This book investigates the gender revolution in urban planning and public policy. Building on feminist urban studies, it introduces the concept of genderfication as a means of understanding the consequences of post-Fordist gender notions for the city. It traces the changes in western urban gender relations, arguing that in the post-Fordist urban landscape gender is used for urban planning and public policy – both to rebrand a city’s image and to produce space for gender-equal ideals, often at the cost of precarious urban populations. This is a topic that remains largely unexplored in critical urban studies and radical geography. Chapters cover how Jane Jacobs’ perspectives provide an alternative to the patriarchal modernist city for contemporary planners and using Rotterdam as a case study Van Den Berg discusses why new urban planning methods focus on attracting women and children as new urbanites. Topics include: forms of place marketing, gender as a repertoire for contemporary urban Imagineering and the concept of urban re-generation. The final chapter investigates how cities aiming to redefine themselves imagine future populations and how they design social policies that explicitly and particularly target women as mothers. Scholars in all fields of urban studies will find this work thought-provoking, instructive and informative.


Urban Studies Urban Planning Gender Studies European Cities Sociologies of Culture Urban Planning Public Policy City Marketing Gender Post-Fordism Feminist Theory Cities Spaces

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the authors

Marguerite van den Berg is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research is at the intersection of urban studies, gender studies and sociologies of culture. Marguerite teaches in the Sociology Programme, focussing on courses such as Public Issues and Policy and Gender & Sex in the City.

Bibliographic information


“A state-of-the-art analysis of how post-Fordist urban spaces are materializing via reordered divisions of labour. This book is a must-read for geographers, feminist theorists, and social theorists. Setting out Rotterdam as her case study, van den Berg compels us to rethink the production of post-Fordist space beyond the capital-labour relation.” (Professor Lisa Adkins, Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro), Finland)