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Rural Failures: Representations of (Im)mobile Young Masculinities and Place in the Swedish Countryside
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4446-7238
2019 (English)In: Boyhood Studies, ISSN 2375-9240, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 76-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Critical boyhood scholars have consistently problematized the moral panic directed at boys' educational achievements, for instance, by illustrating how the issue is intersected by power hierarchies such as class and race, but have often not been as attentive to the spatialized dimensions of this discourse. In the Swedish debate, boys in (post)industrial towns in rural regions - affected by decades of deindustrialization - are often pointed out as at risk of becoming unemployed societal liabilities. Documenting the lives, aspirations, and future trajectories of young and rural working-class boys, the television series The School Boys (Skolpojkarna) analyzed in this article reproduces this trope and connects anxieties regarding "redundant" masculinities with rural spaces. Using feminist and post-structural approaches to gender and space, I show how this media production, supplied for educational purposes, mediates normative understandings of young rural masculinities.

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2019. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 76-96
Keywords [en]
deindustrialization, mill town, mobility, rurality, spatial imaginaries, youth transitions
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Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175635DOI: 10.3167/bhs.2019.120106ISI: 000511130300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175635DiVA, id: diva2:1368467
Available from: 2019-11-07 Created: 2019-11-07 Last updated: 2020-03-02Bibliographically approved

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