chapter  9
12 Pages

Time-Space Rhythms and Everyday Urban Life

The introductory chapter of the textbook Introducing Human Geographies (Cloke, Crang, and Goodwin 1999, x) includes two photographs, one showing men working at a conveyer-belt in an automobile factory and the other showing a woman vacuuming a home. The text under the photographs says 'Which of these photographs of work looks more like it should be in a Human Geography textbook to you? Why?' The authors argue that human geography has largely ignored women and that economic geography has paid little attention to women's unpaid housework. Feminist geographers first raised these issues in the 1980s. Unfortunately, feminist studies within human geography still tend to be pursued in isolation, with little effect on the discipline as a whole, and especially not on economic geography.! When women are included in economic geographic studies today, the focus is generally on labor market issues and paid work.