(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Gender myth and the mind-city composite : from Plato’s Atlantis to Walter Benjamin’s philosophical urbanism

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, CANADA


This study suggests that since early antiquity, gender projection can be detected in western perceptions linking natural and built environments, commencing with Plato’s Atlantis and his Myth of Er, and later as a likely import of the Chinese yin-yang mythology. Culminating with the Age of Discovery, along-side advances in experiential awareness of the Earth’s sphericity, respective feminine and masculine earmarks can be detected in early modern perspicacity of the Earth’s southern and northern hemispheres. It concludes that through design and configuration of urban voids, allegories of femininity in city-form ought to be celebrated, not discarded


Article of periodic

published at : GeoJournal / ISSN 0343-2521 / CODEN GEOJDQ

Editor : Springer, Heidelberg - ALLEMAGNE (1977)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 78, no4 [pp. 727-741]

Bibliographic references : 58 ref.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17887

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1007/s10708-012-9462-x

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