Place, Gender and Strategies for Self-Support

  • Christina Lindkvist Scholten University of Lund
Keywords: Women, Countryside, Labor Market, Livelihood Strategies, Culture, History


This paper discusses the need for taking gender into consideration when unemployment measures are being discussed. Focus is on the countryside of the south of Sweden. Restructuring of the labor market hit women as hard as men. In a society where adults have to provide for their own sustainability, work is of immense importance. The labor market in Sweden could be described as divided between a male, private- and a female public sector. The labor market also differs between different places. Cultural aspects of who can conduct what work are important in order to understand this split labor market. Gender is something we are taught in the socialization process and the ideas of what "proper" women as well as "proper" men do for a living is based upon traditions and cultural values produced and reproduced over time. In this paper I discuss why a gender perspective among women living in the countryside is of importance in order to understand ways of livelihood strategies.


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