The gender of walking: Female pedestrians in street photographs 1890-1989
Journal article, 2021

This article focuses on the role of gender in walking by studying thousands of street photographs taken between 1890 and 1989 in the city of Turku. Analysis of the photographs presents female pedestrians as the most numerous and continuously large group on the urban streets and reveals gendered patterns and practices of walking. Furthermore, it showcases how female mobility patterns were ignored and harmed by the car-centred city planning and traffic solutions of the mid- A nd late twentieth century. At the same time, women's walking appears as a central enabler of the fragile technological system that is motorized urban transport.


Tiina Männistö-Funk

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

University of Turku

Urban History

0963-9268 (ISSN) 1469-8706 (eISSN)

Vol. 48 2 227-247

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