"The City Will be Ours: We Have So Decided": Circulating knowledges in a feminist register
This article juxtaposes insights from recent urban policy mobilities scholarship on circulating knowledges with an in-depth examination of a longstanding (1976-2013) amalgam of groups and individuals whose focus is safer cities for women and girls. The article addresses three gaps. One, it is an empirical study that draws on in-depth knowledge of its authors to shed light on gender informed efforts to shift circulating knowledges relevant to policies to advance gender equality goals in cities. Two, it examines this terrain with a focus on a variety of actors who are not typically acknowledged as 'policy-makers'. Three, it provides new insights about the "connective tissue" of policy-making and in particular, the potential power of a methodological approach that recognizes the benefits of linking together women as 'experts in their own lives' with professionals who have 'a taste for justice'. The paper does so by highlighting three distinct ways in which such knowledge mobilization occurs, including: i) the takeup and adaptation of an already mobilized methodology called the Women's Safety Audit; ii) the circulation and engagement of both local and non-local people experts; and iii) organizational support for circulating knowledges and policy mobilities.
Klodawsky, F, Andrew, C. (Caroline), & Siltanen, J. (2016). "The City Will be Ours: We Have So Decided": Circulating knowledges in a feminist register. ACME, 15(2), 309–329.