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Women and the Environment : HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND ENVIRONMENT - Irwin Altman

Women and the Environment


By: Irwin Altman (Editor), Arza Churchman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1994
ISBN: 9780306446801
Number Of Pages: 316

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This thirteenth volume in the series addresses an increasingly salient worldwide research, design, and policy issue-women and physical environments. We live in an era of worldwide social change. Some nation-states are fracturing or disintegrating, migrations are resulting from political up- heavals and economic opportunities, some ethnic and national animosi- ties are resurfacing, and global and national economic systems are under stress. Furthermore, the variability of interpersonal and familial forms is increasing, and cultural subgroups-minorities, women, the physically challenged, gays, and lesbians-are vigorously demanding their rights in societies and are becoming significant economic and political forces. Although these social-system changes affect many people, their im- pact on women is especially salient. Women are at the center of most forms of family life. Whether in traditional or contemporary cultures, women's roles in child rearing, home management, and community relations have and will continue to be central, regardless of emerging and changing family structures. And, because of necessity and oppor- tunity, women are increasingly engaged in paid work in and outside the home (women in most cultures have historically always worked, but often not for pay). Their influence in cultures and societies is also mounting in the social, political, and economic spheres. In technological societies, women are playing higher-level roles, though still in small numbers, in economic and policy domains. This trend is likely to acceler- ate in the twenty-first century.

Women and the Environment: A Perspective on Research, Design, and Policyp. 1
Everyday Life in Contextual Perspectivep. 17
Girls and Boys and the Physical Environment: An Historical Perspectivep. 43
Sociospatial Relations of Change: Rural Mexican Women in Urban Californiap. 73
Environment and the Aging Woman: Domains of Choicep. 105
Working at Home: Frameworks of Meaningp. 133
The Politics of Space Appropriation: A Case Study of Women's Struggles for Homeplace in Chicago Public Housingp. 167
In Search of Supportive Structures for Everyday Lifep. 201
Women, Work, and Metropolitan Environmentsp. 227
A Feminist Analysis of Gender and Residential Zoning in the United Statesp. 255
Partial Utopian Visions: Feminist Reflections on the Fieldp. 281
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780306446801
ISBN-10: 0306446804
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 31st July 1994
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.66