BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Date of Submission



Sajjad Ahmad, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Karachi is the largest city of Pakistan and the industrial center of the country. At the same time, it is criticized for being unlivable because of its lack of infrastructure, housing plans and even a coherent public transport system. In my work however, I will focus on gendered problems of living in Karachi and investigate how Karachi is imagined and experienced by the women living here. Using post modernists critiques of geography, I also challenge the rationalist and modernist understanding of maps by focusing on cognitive maps sketched by women as an alternative way of understanding Karachi. Thus, I problematize the notion that maps are a universal representation of a geographical landscape and shed light towards an alternative way of understanding Karachi through the female gaze. My thesis aims to highlight the problems that women face in Karachi as well as shed light on how they are able to reclaim the city for themselves.



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