The Cartographic Imagination: Katie in Edinburgh

“…in making the city, man has remade himself.” – Robert Park, quoted by Harvey Probably one of my favorite urban theories is the idea of recreating the city by living in and engaging with it. David Harvey, a huge proponent and influential theorist of things like the right to the city and the recreation of the … More The Cartographic Imagination: Katie in Edinburgh

Intimate Spaces

Private spaces are curious spaces because they can be simultaneously welcoming and exclusive, safe and disconcerting, open and closed, intimate and alienating. How we come to discover private spaces – beyond the comfort (or lack thereof) of our own flats – is an adventure, as it requires leaving the public sphere and entering into a new … More Intimate Spaces

I’ve been to more cafes than pubs, but I’ve not been to many of either.

When I came to Edinburgh, I had a certain image in my head of a particular lifestyle ubiquitous to all I would meet, and a key feature of that lifestyle was frequenting pubs. I imagined I would fall into this lifestyle mainly because I love pubs and it seems like the proper Scottish thing to … More I’ve been to more cafes than pubs, but I’ve not been to many of either.

Pubs & Cafes: Gendered Spaces, Normative and Divergent

This week, my readings focused mainly on the role that gender plays in creating spaces like the pub and cafe, how certain perceptions and expectations of masculinity and femininity are perpetuated as well as contested in these ‘gendered’ spaces. Using as guides Bernadette Scott’s (2006) article on ‘Scottish Cafe Society’ and Emslie and Hunt’s (2013) article … More Pubs & Cafes: Gendered Spaces, Normative and Divergent