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McDowell, Linda

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By: Jamie Peck & Mikael Omstedt | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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Linda McDowell (1949–) is a feminist economic geographer specializing in the issues of work, employment, migration, workplace identities, gendered divisions of labor, and geographies of labor-market change. Educated at Cambridge and University College London, her academic career has spanned the Open University, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, University College London, and Oxford. McDowell was instrumental in making and shaping the project of feminist geography, beginning in the early 1980s, a time when the label itself was barely acknowledged in the discipline. (“Coming in from the dark” is how she would later characterize the unbidden arrival of feminism in geography.) Working initially on housing and urban issues, McDowell began to focus on questions of work, employment, and labor-market change in the early 1990s, topics on ...

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