Cities of Pleasure
Sex and the Urban Socialscape
Edited by Alan Collins
Routledge – 2007 – 240 pages
This book contains a collection of cutting-edge chapters that explore various connections between urban living, sexuality and sexual desire around the world. The key themes featured address a number of topical issues including:
With detailed case studies, and a strong interdisciplinary appeal, this book will be a valuable reference for postgraduates and advanced students in the fields of cultural studies as well as human, urban and social geography.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Urban Studies.
1. Sexuality and Sexual Services in the Urban Economy and Socialscape: An overview Alan Collins Part 1: Commercial Sexual Spaces, Markets and Community Responses 2. Space, Risk and Opportunity: The evolution of paid sex markets Samuel Cameron 3. The Changing Nature of Adult Entertainment Districts: Between a rock and a hard place or going from strength to strength? Andrew Ryder 4. Cleansing the Metropolis: Sex work and the politics of zero tolerance Phil Hubbard 5. The Risks of Street Prostitution: Punters, police and protesters Teela Sanders Part 2: Evolution and Development of Urban Gay Spaces 6. Homosexuality and the City: An historical overview Robert Aldrich 7. Urban Space and Homosexuality: The example of the Marais, Paris' 'gay ghetto' Michael Sibalis 8. Where Love Dares (Not) Speak Its Name: The expression of homosexuality in Singapore Kean Fan Lim 9. Sexual Dissidence, Enterprise and Assimilation: Bedfellows in urban regeneration Alan Collins 10. Authenticating Queer Space: Citizenship, urbanism and governance David Bell Part 3: Urban Sexuality 11. Sex and Not the City?: The aspirations of the thirty-something working woman Joanna Brewis 12. Queer as Folk: Producing the real of urban space Beverley Skeggs, Les Moran, Paul Tyrer and Jon Binnie