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Disintegrated Houses: Exploring Ecofeminist Housing and Urban Design Options

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Sherilyn MacGregor astutely highlights possible points of tension between the socioeconomic agendas, processes and outcomes of ecocity and feminist urban visions. MacGregor also claims ecofeminism may benefit from utilising the language of citizenship to move beyond essentialised gender and spatial associations of care to address such possible tensions between ecological and feminist agendas. Responding to MacGregor's reflections on options for taking care into the public realm, and the need in this to question the public–private divide, this paper asks whether the traits highlighted by Chantal Mouffe's citizen can be applied to the socioeconomic aspirations of the ecocity, addressing possible tensions between ecocity and feminist aspirations on the basis of a de-essentialised ethic of care.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Human Geography, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia;, Email:

Publication date: September 1, 2006


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