Gender and Rurality (Routledge International Studies of by Lia Bryant

By Lia Bryant

The examine of gender in rural areas continues to be in its infancy. so far, there was little exploration of the structure of the various and differing ways in which gender is constituted in rural settings. This publication will position the query of gender, rurality and distinction at its center.

The authors research theoretical buildings of gender and discover the connection among those and rural areas. whereas there were broad debates within the feminist literature approximately gender and the intersection of a number of social different types, rural feminist social scientists haven't begun to theorize what gender potential in a rural context and the way gender blurs and intersects with different social different types comparable to sexuality, ethnicity, type and (dis)ability. This e-book will use empirical examples from a number of study initiatives undertaken by way of the authors in addition to illustrations from paintings within the Australasia area, Europe, and the us to discover gender and rurality and their relation to sexuality, ethnicity, type and (dis)ability.

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However, we concur with King (2006, 47), in that studying aging adds a ‘dynamic dimension to the intersectionality perspective’ as people ‘grow into’ old age, and the advantages and disadvantages this social location may hold. Thus, in Chapter 7, we consider the intersections between gender, aging, and rurality. To date, work on age and gender by rural scholars has predominantly focused on youth, particularly children. At the same time, demographers claim that, proportionately, there is a more rapidly growing aging population in rural areas than in urban areas.

That is, a reading which demonstrates the heterogeneity of the category ‘farming’ as it is inflected by different social locations such as, for example, Indigeneity, age, ethnicities or class. In this sense we reveal not only the multiplicity and complexity of the identities ‘farming man’ and ‘farming woman’ but, importantly, the multiplicity and complexity of the broader subject groupings ‘rural man’ and ‘rural woman’. Our hope is that this will invite much needed future critical work further interrogating difference and diversity in rural spaces.

Rather, we have introduced the key terms of importance to this book: our understanding of gender and the different ways in which rurality has been theorized in the rural social science literature, particularly the notion of the ‘rural idyll’ and its key features. These include the fact that dominant socio-cultural constructions of rurality are intricately connected to circumscribing the discourses and practices that belong in the rural, and those that do not. We have argued that today there is a growing body of literature deconstructing the rural idyll and its relationship to asymmetrical power relations and diversity, difference, and multiplicity in rural spaces.

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