Women and Gender Seminar: Maureen Flanagan, Michigan State University

Women and Gender Seminar
Friday, February 8, 2008

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

“Consolidating the Patriarchal City: Gender Ideals and the Transformation of the Built Environments of Chicago, Dublin, London, and Toronto from the 1870s into the 1940s”
Maureen Flanagan, Michigan State University
This paper investigates the ideas and means by which the built environments of “modernizing” Chicago, Dublin, London, and Toronto were constructed, concretely, to reinforce socially-constructed ideas of gender. These cities belonged to an industrial Anglo-Atlantic world experiencing growing urban chaos. New planning professionals such as Patrick Geddes, Raymond Unwin, Thomas Adams, and John Nolen engaged in a transatlantic sharing of ideas, reports, and plans that proposed a reformed urban model that paid no attention to women’s ideas as it sought to clearly separate the productive and reproductive spaces of the city.