Sexuality, governance and urban space: the sexual restructuring of Sydney

Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
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Conference Proceeding
Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, 2006, pp. 447 - 452
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The aim of this brief paper is to develop an awareness of the role that sexuality plays in spatial development of our cities as contested terrains, through an investigation of the emerging dynamic relations be!ween homosexual. gay and queer culture, and urban space within Sydney in the 20lhand early 21 ,I century, which has seen these evolving cultures move from the peripheries of Sydney's urban space - beyond the pale of acceptability - to playing a key role within the formation of particular environs of the city and its international identity. This investigation is carried out through an analysis of the way in which ideas, beliefs, images, and anxieties about these sexual cultures have been conscripted into processes of governance that shape the urban environment. The paper will be of interest to queer studies, architecture, urban studies, sociology, geography and planning.
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