Space is freedom, place is security : an intersectional study of queer placemaking

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joyce F. Clapp (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Selima Sultana

Abstract: Residential distribution and location are subjects of interest to both social scientists and the lay person. This dissertation project quantitatively and qualitatively analyzes where same-sex households in the United States have been historically located and how those patterns have changed over the years, as well as how same-sex households make decisions about residential location, through three connected manuscripts. The first article finds that same-sex households have been historically located throughout the contiguous United States (though they have been unevenly distributed) and that the location of same-sex households does correlate with the location of knowledge workers at the state level, aligning with previous research and raising important questions about livability research. The second article finds that same-sex households are also presently distributed throughout the contiguous United States in most counties; socioeconomic factors such as religious adherence and the percentage of residents in a county who voted for President Trump negatively correlate with the percentage of same-sex households in an area. Finally, the third article reported on interviews with same-sex households in North Carolina, finding that couples considered sexuality as part of their residential selection process, but that where to live was a constrained choice with sexuality as one part of many factors affecting residential location. This dissertation provides updated data relating to where same-sex households live, underscoring that queer friendly services such as medical and eldercare must be available everywhere, not just large urban areas, moving forward.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Queer, Residential selection, Spatial distribution
Gays $x Social conditions
Space $x Social aspects
Cultural geography

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