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Gendered Residential Space

KeAndra D. Dodds, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Social Sciences

Dept/Program: Urban Studies

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Eric Schneider

Date of this Version: 22 April 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.



Gay Villages, Gay Ghettos, and other gay and lesbian residential enclaves have all become a standard part of urban space, but who actually lives in these neighborhoods and how does each differ? One obvious variation is gender, particularly as it is traditionally understood. As a population that inherently breaks conventional gender stereotypes, is it possible that gay and lesbian settlement patterns still reinforce gender stereotypes? This paper explores gender in neighborhoods with high lesbian and gay populations and particularly questions what are the factors that lead lesbians to concentrate in certain residential spaces. The research focuses on the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Mount Airy and Washington Square West and serves to better understand gendered space in the larger scheme of urban settlement.

Suggested Citation

Dodds, KeAndra D., "Gendered Residential Space" 22 April 2008. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania,

Date Posted: 23 April 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.




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