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Title:Genderizing Nairobi's urban space
Author:Nelson, NiciISNI
Periodical:L'Afrique orientale
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:gender relations
urban society
urban women
Abstract:In its earliest days, Nairobi (Kenya) could be said to be the product of the intersection of two kinds of masculinity, that of the middle-class Edwardian British male colonialists, and that of the Kenyan African male migrants. This meeting of British and African masculinities was contested and transformed by the passive and active resistance of Kenyan African women. The author charts that contestation and transformation during the twentieth century, examining the establishment, growth and change of Nairobi with special reference to the process of giving a gender dimension to urban space. She discusses migration; discourses on housing and planning; the gender balance in the formal and informal economic sectors; changing uses of public space; spatial organization of work, especially sex work; changing ideas of men's and women's right of residence in the city; and the 'feminization of urban poverty'. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]