Toilet : public restrooms and the politics of sharing

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  • In "Toilet," noted sociologist Harvey Molotch and Lauren Noren bring together twelve essays by urbanists, historians and cultural analysts (among others) to shed light on the public restroom and how it reflects and sustains our cultural attitudes towards gender, class, and disability.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction: Learning from the loo / Harvey Molotch -- Rest stop : Russell Sage Foundation -- Living in the loo: Dirty spaces : separation, concealment, and shame in the public toilet / Ruth Barcan -- Rest stop : erotics at Harvard / Bryan Reynolds -- Which way to look? : exploring latrine use in the Roman world / Zena Kamash -- Rest stop : judgmental urinals -- Potty training : nonhuman inspection in public washrooms / Irus Braverman -- Rest stop : Time Square control -- Who gets to go: Only dogs are free to pee : New York cabbies' search for civility / Laura Norén -- Rest stop : trucker bomb -- Creating a nonsexist restroom / Clara Greed -- Rest stop : a woman's restroom reflection -- Sex separation : the cure-all for Victorian social anxiety / Terry S. Kogan -- Rest stop : MIT's infinite corridor, now shorter for women -- Pissing without pity : disability, gender, and the public toilet / David Serlin -- Rest stop : flirting with the boundary -- Building in the future: The restroom revolution : unisex toilets and campus politics / Olga Gershenson -- Rest stop : Thai students get transsexual toilet / Jonathan Head -- Why not abolish laws of urinary segregation? / Mary Anne Case -- Rest stop : menstrual dilemma -- Entangled with a user : inside bathrooms with Alexander Kira and Peter Greenaway / Barbara Penner -- Rest stop : toilet bloom at Bryant Park -- On not making history : what NYU did with the toilet and what it means for the world / Harvey Molotch
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