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“Farmers Don't Dance”

The Construction of Gender in a Rural Scottish School

Fiona G. Menzies and Ninetta Santoro

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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.

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Rural Failures

Representations of (Im)mobile Young Masculinities and Place in the Swedish Countryside

Susanna Areschoug

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.

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Claudia Mitchell

'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

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From Risk to Resistance

Girls and Technologies of Nonviolence

Laurel Hart

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

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Raili Nugin

quietens temporal 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

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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

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From behind stall doors

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

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Girls’ Work in a Rural Intercultural Setting

Formative Experiences and Identity in Peasant Childhood

Ana Padawer

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

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The Other House

The Secondary Residence in Postwar France

Sarah Farmer

and those for whom rural space was the site of their labor and livelihood. 85 By the early 1980s the extraordinary popularity of fixing up an old farmhouse appeared to be winding down. As the overall housing market in secondary residences entered a

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Eirini Kasioumi, Anna Plyushteva, Talya Zemach-Bersin, Kathleen F. Oswald, Molly Sauter, Alexandra Ganser, Mustafa Ahmed Khan, Natasha Raheja, Harry Oosterhuis, and Benjamin Fraser

comics from January 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