While undertaking an ethnography of a public square in Barcelona, I have been led to wonder about the figure of the flâneur and the difficulties of conceiving this figure in the feminine. Two theories about urban space are in conflict: one views public space as continuing the patriarchy of private space; the other sees public space as a site of freedom and self-development for women as well as men. This same tension is present in analyses of the figure of the flâneur, a figure often evoked when anthropologists work in urban contexts
"What Are the Implications of Flânerie in the Feminine at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century? Reflections of an Ethnographer at Work on the Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 7:
1, Article 2.
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