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Property, boundary, exclusion: Making sense of hetero-violence in safer spaces

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2001
<mark>Journal</mark>Social and Cultural Geography
Issue number4
Volume2
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)407-420
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper focuses on research conducted over a period of thirty months as part of a wider ESRC-funded initiative on violence. It focuses on the sustainability of safer gay space. This paper shows how the generation of the fear of the ‘heterosexual other’ functions to enable certain claims to be made on the space from a proprietorial aspect which includes recourse to purity, danger and respectability. This shows how property relations become articulated as a property of the person, demonstrating how entitlement to space is formed. It also explores how boundaries are being constructed and maintained in different (and often novel) ways and shows how different intelligibilitie s are constructed for understanding one’s place through concepts of property and propriety that relate to forms of investment and movement through space. It thus challenges traditional ideas on boundary formation and maintenance. Ultimately it foregrounds how these understandings of bodies in space influence current articulations of citizenship and poltical participation.