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Mapping Gendered Ruralities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2013 (English)In: European Countryside, ISSN 1803-8417, E-ISSN 1803-8417, Vol. 5, no 1, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The conventional picture of gender relations in rural places is that of a traditional, masculine social fabric. In this article, we challenge this understanding of the rural. By applying three methodological approaches – quantitative, discursive and narrative – we test the hypothesis that there exists an on-going femininization of the rural, which is concealed by society’s focus on the masculine rural. Our conclusion is that each method can give important, but not necessarily sufficient, information to answer such a process-oriented question. The methodological triangulation demonstrates the complexity of the gendering of rural space. The quantitative analysis shows a gendered geography, the media analysis unpacks how gender is spatialized and the interviews show how space is gendered.

Abstract [sv]

När landsbygden ska belysas med ett genusperspektiv innebär det vanligen ett fokus på traditionellt manliga miljöer och aktiviteter. I denna artikel utmanar vi denna ensidiga förståelse. Genom att använda tre skilda metodologiska angreppssätt - kvantitativa, diskursiva och narrativa - testar vi hypotesen att det pågår en femininisering av landsbygden och det rurala. Vi argumenterar för att varje metod kan ge viktig men inte tillräcklig information för att belysa en sådan processinriktad problematik. Trianguleringsmetoden avtäcker den komplexitet som kännetecknar könsmärkningen av det rurala. Kvantitativa analyser avtäcker geografiska mönster och variationer, mediaanalysen visar hur genus konstrueras rumsligt och intervjuerna belyser hur platser påhängs specifika genusrelationer

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2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
rural geography, gender masculinities, femininities, triangulation
Keyword [sv]
rural geografi, genus, maskuliniteter, femininiteter, triangulering
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Human Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87593DOI: 10.2478/euco-2013-0001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-87593DiVA: diva2:604773
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-02-20 Created: 2013-02-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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