When, in the early twentieth century, British middle-class writers went on a tour in search of their country, travel writing not only saw the re-emergence of the home tour, but also the increasing appearance of the motorcar on British roads. With the travelogue playing the role of a discursive arena in which debates about automobility were visualized, the article argues that, as they went “in search of England,” writers like Henry Vollam Morton and J. B. Priestley not only took part in the ideological framing of motoring as a social practice, but also contributed to a change in the perception of accessing a seemingly remote English countryside. By looking at a number of contemporary British travelogues, the analysis traces the strategies of how the driving subjects staged their surroundings, and follows the authors' changing attitudes toward the cultural habit of traveling: instead of highlighting the seemingly static nature of the meaning of space, the travelogues render motoring a dynamic and procedural spatial practice, thus influencing notions of nature, progress, and tradition.
Motoring and the Semantics of Space in Early Twentieth-Century British Travel Writing
The Construction of Gender in a Rural Scottish School
Fiona G. Menzies and Ninetta Santoro
In this article we examine the influence of rurality on the construction of masculinity and femininity for, and by, pupils in a rural secondary school in Scotland. Using data from semi-structured interviews with male and female pupils and a teacher, as well as observations of classroom interactions over a period of 12 months, we highlight how girls take up multiple and complex gendered identities in a rural context and we emphasize the tensions they experience as they negotiate a feminine identity in a rural space constructed and described as masculine. Findings suggest that this construction is, at times, supported by teachers’ practices and their interactions with pupils. We conclude by discussing the implications for teachers in rural schools and point to the need to support girls to ensure that their educational opportunities are not limited by the deep-rooted associations that exist between rurality and masculinity.
Representations of (Im)mobile Young Masculinities and Place in the Swedish Countryside
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 class and race, but have 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 masculinity.
't Dance: The Construction of Gender in a Rural Scottish School” examine “the tensions [girls] experience as they negotiate a feminine identity in a rural space constructed and described as masculine.” Then, in “Multi-ethnic Girls’ Social Positional
Girls and Technologies of Nonviolence
nonviolence might lead to a reimagining of both urban and rural spaces as sites of networked resistance and transformation for girls and young women. It aims to define these technologies as the focus of a new and emerging area of research that is of particular
becoming” and space is reduced to stasis, thus removing the life and politics from it. 22 Massey’s insights are especially relevant when discussing representations of the rural—rural space is commonly depicted as timeless, quiet, and an idyllic setting
Robyn Singleton, Jacqueline Carter, Tatianna Alencar, Alicia Piñeirúa-Menéndez, and Kate Winskell
or famous localities such as Amsterdam Avenue (a famous street bordering Mexico City’s Parque México). Smaller urban spaces have discos, parks, and hospitals, while rural spaces are distinguished by their open fields, cows, wood fires, and farms. All
Farming the Eastern German countryside in the animal welfare era
Amy Leigh Field
socially produced and experienced in contemporary Germany ( WBA 2015 ). In doing so, the analysis also attends ethnographically to the increasing, competing demands in late capitalism on rural spaces and their multispecies assemblages for production and
Formative Experiences and Identity in Peasant Childhood
village girls). Girls like Sonia acquired certain ways of inhabiting rural space marked by distinctions in terms of ethnicity, gender, age, and social position by formative experiences involved in their everyday tasks on family farms: they were chicas de
Eirini Kasioumi, Anna Plyushteva, Talya Zemach-Bersin, Kathleen F. Oswald, Molly Sauter, Alexandra Ganser, Mustafa Ahmed Khan, Natasha Raheja, Harry Oosterhuis, and Benjamin Fraser
1910 through April 1911, all of which hinge on themes of visits to the moon, Mars, and Earth’s urban and rural spaces. Alongside Winsor McCay: The Complete Little Nemo 1905–1909 , 5 this book might be best considered within the context of the uneasy