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Gendered economies: Transferring private gender roles into the public realm through rural community development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Midgley


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This paper considers the important issue of women's economic participation in rural community development and regeneration. The paper explores the economic lives and actions of women residents in 'Ilston', a village in the Northumberland Rural Coalfield. The women's narratives illustrate the economic connections between private and public spheres, represented respectively by the household and community-led regeneration initiatives. The connections were realised through a female responsibility for household budget management, which incorporated the protection and maintenance of their personal and household economic status within the community. This role was extended into the public sphere through female responsibility for community group and project fund raising, management and subsequent maintenance of the community group's economic status. This practice formed part of the women's constructed economic identity(ies) within the community, and in turn feminised economic practices regarding community-led development and regeneration in the village. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Midgley J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Rural Studies

Year: 2006

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

Pages: 217-231

ISSN (print): 0743-0167

ISSN (electronic): 1873-1392

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2005.08.014


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