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Introduction: Sex, Consumption and Commerce in the Contemporary City

Hubbard, Philip, Gorman Murray, Andrew, Collins, Alan (2016) Introduction: Sex, Consumption and Commerce in the Contemporary City. Urban Studies, 54 (3). pp. 567-581. ISSN 0042-0980. E-ISSN 1360-063X. (doi:10.1177/0042098016682685) (KAR id:58812)


Recent accounts of sexual commerce have drawn attention to the proliferation of online and sexual consumption. Yet the mediated exchange of sexual images and content folds into the spaces of the city in a variety of complex ways. Drawing on a variety of social science perspectives, this paper provides an introductory overview of a collection of papers exploring the changing contours of sexual consumption in the city and the distribution of sexual commerce across – and between - private, domestic and public, commercial spaces. Exploring the ways in which diverse LGBT and heterosexual identities are differently marketised, commodified and consumed, this introduction argues that over the last decade, contradictory moments of sexual emancipation and repression have changed where (and how) sexual consumption is visible in the city, shaping rights to the city in complex ways which need to be more thoroughly acknowledged in ‘mainstream’ urban studies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0042098016682685
Uncontrolled keywords: Sexuality Cities Urban Studies Prostitution Queer identity
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Phil Hubbard
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2016 19:59 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:15 UTC
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