Editorial introduction: Revisiting Jacqueline Tivers’ “How the other half lives”

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  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Reading University


This Classics Revisited section focuses on Jacqueline Tivers’ seminal paper, “How the other half lives.” Published in 1978, the paper sought to highlight the experiences of women, to combat the male-centred nature of geography as a discipline, and to draw attention to inequalities that result from ascribed gender roles. Our introductory piece explains the rationale behind choosing this paper as an Area “Classic,” provides an overview of the key arguments of the original paper, and briefly summarises the reflective pieces that follow.

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Funding Information: There is no funding for this submission. Our sincere thanks to Jacqueline Tivers for agreeing to include ?How the other half lives? as a Classic Revisited. We are also very grateful to the other contributors for their engaged, thoughtful, and often provocative commentaries on the original paper, and for reflecting candidly on some of the challenges and problems that still require serious, sustained, and systematic attention by geographers. We would like to thank an anonymous referee for their detailed, insightful, critical, and constructive comments on the set of papers published in this section. Finally, we would like particularly to recognise the contribution of Sylvia Chant to this feature, and more generally as a hugely influential scholar within and beyond academic geography. Tragically, Sylvia passed away during its production: an obituary can be accessed at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/geography-and-environment/news/professor-sylvia-chant Publisher Copyright: The information, practices and views in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). © 2020 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Copyright: Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-769
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • diversifying geographical study, feminist geographies, gender, geography, households, inequalities and equity

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