Geographies of sexuality and gender 'Down Under'

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This special issue derives from specialist sessions on ‘Geographies of Sexuality and

    Gender ‘‘Down Under’’’ at the 2007 Institute of Australian Geographers’

    conference (University of Melbourne, 25 July), sponsored by the IAG Cultural

    Geography Study Group. Geographical analysis of gendered and sexualised space

    emerged in Anglo-American (UK, US and Canadian) geography in the 1980s

    (Johnston & Sidaway 2004). However, it was not until Dowling and McGuirk’s

    1998 special issue in Australian Geographer*‘Gendered Geographies in Australia,

    Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific’*that an edition of an Australasian

    (Australian and New Zealand) geographical journal was devoted solely to

    geographies of gender.1 Ten years on, while extending the gendered focus, the

    present issue is also the first Australasian journal explicitly to foreground

    geographies of sexuality, thus making a key intervention. In this introduction we

    will not extensively pre-empt the papers*they speak for themselves*but contemplate

    what this special issue adds to geographical knowledge.

    Over the past decade or so there has been something of a ‘sex craze’ in the social

    sciences. Geographers, sociologists, psychologists, and scholars in gender, cultural

    and health studies have shown a growing interest in the gendered and sex(ualis)ed

    body as an important co-ordinate of subjectivity. Relationships between space,

    place and (gendered) sex(uality) have been and continue to be explored in specialist

    conference sessions, articles in scholarly journals dedicated to issues of gender,

    sexuality and subjectivities (e.g. Gender, Place and Culture; Social and Cultural

    Geography; Body and Society) and academic books (e.g. Bell & Valentine 1995;

    Hawkins & Scott 2005; Johnston 2005a; Waitt & Markwell 2006; Browne et al.

    2007). In short, since the late 1990s there has been a burgeoning of scholarship on

    ‘space, place and sex’. In Australia and New Zealand there is a small community of

    scholars working on gender, sex and sexuality, and many publish in journals beyond

    our countries. We suspect, therefore, that many geographers with whom we share

    our national and regional spaces may (still) be surprised to read about these topics

    and wonder what sexuality and gender has got to do with geography. In what

    follows we first provide some context to thinking spatially about sexuality and

    gender. Second, we reflect on how the aims of the conference sessions and this

    special issue address gaps and absences in geographies of sexualities. Third, we

    assert the need to speak from an ‘Australasian’ perspective, outlining some

    contextual differences between Anglo-American and Australasian geographies of

    sexuality and gender. But there are also important connections between these

    traditions that this issue advances; therefore, in the final section we explicate these

    contributions before introducing the papers.

Authors


  •   Gorman-Murray, Andrew W. (external author)
  •   Waitt , Gordon R.
  •   Johnston, Lynda (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Gorman-Murray, A. W., Waitt, G. R. & Johnston, L. (2008). Geographies of sexuality and gender 'Down Under'. Australian Geographer, 39 (3), 235-246.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-51249094679

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3646

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 235

End Page


  • 246

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00049182.asp

Abstract


  • This special issue derives from specialist sessions on ‘Geographies of Sexuality and

    Gender ‘‘Down Under’’’ at the 2007 Institute of Australian Geographers’

    conference (University of Melbourne, 25 July), sponsored by the IAG Cultural

    Geography Study Group. Geographical analysis of gendered and sexualised space

    emerged in Anglo-American (UK, US and Canadian) geography in the 1980s

    (Johnston & Sidaway 2004). However, it was not until Dowling and McGuirk’s

    1998 special issue in Australian Geographer*‘Gendered Geographies in Australia,

    Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific’*that an edition of an Australasian

    (Australian and New Zealand) geographical journal was devoted solely to

    geographies of gender.1 Ten years on, while extending the gendered focus, the

    present issue is also the first Australasian journal explicitly to foreground

    geographies of sexuality, thus making a key intervention. In this introduction we

    will not extensively pre-empt the papers*they speak for themselves*but contemplate

    what this special issue adds to geographical knowledge.

    Over the past decade or so there has been something of a ‘sex craze’ in the social

    sciences. Geographers, sociologists, psychologists, and scholars in gender, cultural

    and health studies have shown a growing interest in the gendered and sex(ualis)ed

    body as an important co-ordinate of subjectivity. Relationships between space,

    place and (gendered) sex(uality) have been and continue to be explored in specialist

    conference sessions, articles in scholarly journals dedicated to issues of gender,

    sexuality and subjectivities (e.g. Gender, Place and Culture; Social and Cultural

    Geography; Body and Society) and academic books (e.g. Bell & Valentine 1995;

    Hawkins & Scott 2005; Johnston 2005a; Waitt & Markwell 2006; Browne et al.

    2007). In short, since the late 1990s there has been a burgeoning of scholarship on

    ‘space, place and sex’. In Australia and New Zealand there is a small community of

    scholars working on gender, sex and sexuality, and many publish in journals beyond

    our countries. We suspect, therefore, that many geographers with whom we share

    our national and regional spaces may (still) be surprised to read about these topics

    and wonder what sexuality and gender has got to do with geography. In what

    follows we first provide some context to thinking spatially about sexuality and

    gender. Second, we reflect on how the aims of the conference sessions and this

    special issue address gaps and absences in geographies of sexualities. Third, we

    assert the need to speak from an ‘Australasian’ perspective, outlining some

    contextual differences between Anglo-American and Australasian geographies of

    sexuality and gender. But there are also important connections between these

    traditions that this issue advances; therefore, in the final section we explicate these

    contributions before introducing the papers.

Authors


  •   Gorman-Murray, Andrew W. (external author)
  •   Waitt , Gordon R.
  •   Johnston, Lynda (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Gorman-Murray, A. W., Waitt, G. R. & Johnston, L. (2008). Geographies of sexuality and gender 'Down Under'. Australian Geographer, 39 (3), 235-246.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-51249094679

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3646

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 235

End Page


  • 246

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00049182.asp