Who is telling the smart city story? : Feminist diffractions of smart cities

Who is telling the smart city story? : Feminist diffractions of smart cities

Publication Type:
chapter
Date Issued:
2023
Authors:
Carina Listerborn
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Language:
eng
Page:
39-52
ISBN:
978-1-4875-2715-0
Abstract:

Drawing on (earlier) feminist urban critique, this chapter discuss what smart city strategies can tell us about the contemporary urban conditions and social relations. Through analyzing underlying (gendered) assumptions and understandings of everyday life the chapter aims to expose which power relations that are being produced, or reproduced, when tech-companies enter planning and manifest digital technology in the city. By bringing in feminist theory, the aim is to shed light on questions around urban knowledge production, representation and actual outcomes; who is invited to the discourse and who is talking to whom? Whose reality is being manifested through the smart city? 

Keywords:
smart cities feminist theory Sidewalk Toronto GrowSmarter Stockholm