Maureen A. Flanagan: Constructing the Patriarchal City - Print

An original, comparative examination of how ideas about gender resulted in the consolidation of the patriarchal city in the Anglo-Atlantic urban world


Constructing the Patriarchal City

Gender and the Built Environments of London, Dublin, Toronto, and Chicago, 1870s into the 1940s

Maureen A. Flanagan

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342 pp, 6 x 9, 14 halftones, 6 maps

"In Constructing the Patriarchal City , Flanagan employs a comparative approach that is revealing and oftentimes provocative; it will generate some new ideas for teaching urban history. She successfully blends theoretical, secondary, and primary sources in clear and effective ways. The four Anglo-Atlantic case studies work effectively to illustrate how key cultural and political factors influenced policies and practices but did not, ultimately, make huge differences in the gendered world of urban spaces and planning practices. The clarity of the author's explanations of feminist geography and the complex ideas provide real insight and challenges for rethinking our paradigms."
Janice L. Reiff, Professor of History and Waldo M. Neikirk Endowed Term Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles

In the Anglo-Atlantic world of the late nineteenth century, groups of urban residents struggled to reconstruct their cities in the wake of industrialization and to create the modern city. New professional men wanted an orderly city that functioned for economic development. Women's vision challenged the men's right to reconstruct the city and resisted the prevailing male idea that women in public caused the city's disorder.

Constructing the Patriarchal City compares the ideas and activities of men and women in four English-speaking cities that shared similar ideological, professional, and political contexts. Historian Maureen Flanagan investigates how ideas about gender shaped the patriarchal city as men used their expertise in architecture, engineering, and planning to fashion a built environment for male economic enterprise and to confine women in the private home. Women consistently challenged men to produce a more equitable social infrastructure that included housing that would keep people inside the city, public toilets for women as well as men, housing for single, working women, and public spaces that were open and safe for all residents.



Read the Introduction (pdf).



Introduction: “Our Cities Are Patriarchy Written in Stone, Brick, Glass, and Concrete”

Part I: The Unplanned City
1. Liberty, Property, and Gender in the Corporate City
2. Housing, Boundaries, and Gender in the Quasi-public City
3. The Disorder of Unembounded Bodies
4. The Urban Modern

Part II: Creative Destruction of the Diseased Organism
5. London: To Cure the Diseased Organism
6. Dublin: Property, Gender, and the Civic Unit
7. Toronto: Saving “Toronto the Good”
8. Chicago: City of Destiny
Conclusion: The Patriarchal City Consolidated



About the Author(s)

Maureen A. Flanagan​ is Emerita Professor of History at the​ Illinois Institute of Technology and Michigan State University​. She is the author of​ America Reformed: Progressives and Progressivisms, 1890s–1920s​, Seeing with Their Hearts: Chicago Women and the Vision of the Good City, 1871–1933​, and Charter Reform in Chicago.


Subject Categories

Urban Studies
Gender Studies

In the Series

Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy

The Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy Series, edited by David Stradling, Larry Bennett, and Davarian Baldwin, was founded by the late Zane L. Miller to publish books that examine past and contemporary cities, focusing on cultural and social issues. The editors seek proposals that analyze processes of urban change relevant to the future of cities and their metropolitan regions, and that examine urban and regional planning, environmental issues, and urban policy studies, thus contributing to ongoing debates.


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