Trading Places: Consumption, Sexuality and the Production of Queer Space
In this chapter I shall offer a preliminary exploration of some of the relationships between political economy, sexuality and urban space. I hope to make a modest contribution towards a re-incorporation of the material into emerging debates on sexuality and space. In doing so I wish to offer a more dialectical view of capitalism, the sort which Michael Warner is calling for above. I shall therefore ground my argument in two specific contexts-namely the marketing of Amsterdam as a gay tourist capital of Europe and the (post-1990) development of Soho’s gay village in London. Through this discussion I wish to examine the broader relations of production of sexualised spaces and places by looking at the role of the market in sexual cultures.