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Building heteronormativity: the social and material reconstruction of men's public toilets as spaces of heterosexuality

Jeyasingham, D 2010, 'Building heteronormativity: the social and material reconstruction of men's public toilets as spaces of heterosexuality' , Social & Cultural Geography, 11 (4) , pp. 307-325.

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    Abstract

    This paper concerns changes in the spatial structure of British public toilets for men over the last ten years from secluded, indistinctly public/private spaces towards open, largely public structures. It examines a number of past and present toilet spaces in the British city of Manchester using spatial syntax analysis to consider how spaces have been adapted and policed differently in order to reduce opportunities for sex between men. It considers how these changes relate to shifts in the legislative context and in planning and policing initiatives away from explicit homophobia towards policies of inclusion of certain sexual minorities. The paper concludes that the way in which inclusion and a post-homophobic context have been expressed through legislative changes and planning and policing initiatives in relation to public toilets has led to a more explicit heteronormalisation of public spaces. The discussion relates to current debates in cultural geography about the consequences of greater participation of sexual minorities in public and issues of surveillance, control and privacy in public spaces.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: public toilets, public sex, public space, heteronormativity, spatial syntax
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Social & Cultural Geography
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1464-9365
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    Funders: Non funded research
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2011 10:24
    Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 15:11
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14949

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