Contact Zones and Outer Space Environments: A Feminist Archaeological Analysis of Space Habitats

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Abstract

“Contact Zones and Outer Space Environments: A Feminist Archaeological Analysis of Space Habitats” draws on acculturation theories from historical archaeology to reconceptualize the space habitat as a “contact zone” between masculine and feminine cultures. The chapter first considers how space habitats changed from family dwellings in early imaginings to a reality of male-only spaces in which women had to battle for a place. An analysis of commentaries about women in spacecraft reveals that physical distance between male and female bodies has been seen as the key to regulating sexuality and social relations in outer space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReclaiming Space
Subtitle of host publicationProgressive and Multicultural Visions of Space Exploration
EditorsJames S. J. Schwartz, Linda Billings, Erika Nesvold
Place of PublicationUK & United States of America
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter18
Pages215-231
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780197604823
ISBN (Print)9780197604793
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Brick Moon
  • International Space Station
  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
  • Space archaeology
  • Space habitat
  • Women in space

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