10. Gender

  1. Donald M. Nonini
  1. Ida Susser

Published Online: 21 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118378625.ch10

A Companion to Urban Anthropology

A Companion to Urban Anthropology

How to Cite

Susser, I. (2014) Gender, in A Companion to Urban Anthropology (ed D. M. Nonini), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118378625.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 6 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330106

Online ISBN: 9781118378625



  • urban;
  • gender;
  • cities;
  • precarity;
  • United States;
  • South Africa;
  • women;
  • social movements;
  • feminism;
  • Wollstonecraft


This essay addresses social movements in the city and specifically how women have become engaged in social transformation. In exploring gender and the urban, and particularly the experience of women in cities under capitalism, the chapter considers the construction of gender and the significance of the concept of the “personal is political” to feminist movements in the city. Next the essay discusses relations between work and the surrounding community as well as the issue of precarity. Concentrating on the United States and Southern Africa, the paper reviews the historical anthropological literature on women's experience in cities as well as the politics of gender and the state. The chapter concludes with a discussion of contemporary women's claims to the right to the city through performance, informal labor, and political movements.