Fifty shades of gay: social and technological change, urban deconcentration and niche enterprise

A. Collins, Stephen Drinkwater

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Abstract

The development of urban gay villages in England has previously been explored via the conceptual toolkit of the New Economic Geography. While arguably retaining explanatory legitimacy in historical perspective, looking forward its validity is contended to be terminally undermined by changes in broader macro-social trends. The intention of this work is to address a relative lack of attention devoted to broader macro-level processes contributing to the decline or significant re-configuration of urban gay areas. A revised developmental model is presented and considered as part of a transition stage towards a post gay era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-785
JournalUrban Studies
Volume54
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • gay villages
  • niche enterprise
  • social change
  • technological change
  • urban deconcentration

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