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Place, (In)Equality and Gender

A Mapping of Challenges and Best Practices in Relation to Gender, Education and Population Flows in Nordic Peripheral Areas

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This mapping presents a selected overview of existing research on gender, education and population flows in the Nordic peripheral areas. These areas are faced with a series of challenges that cannot be analyzed nor solved without taking a gender perspective into account. The challenges relate to, for instance, altered living conditions caused by global changes, stagnated or negative economic development, decrease in the amount of workplaces (particularly in the traditionally male-dominated professions) as well as, not least, migration and depopulation which is partly due to the fact that the young people of the area (especially the women) move to bigger cities to educate themselves. The challenges in question are not only significant in relation to the viability and cohesion of the areas, but also for the men and women who live there and their mutual social relations.

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Changing Gender Relations and Gender Norms

In this section we focus on the meaning of gender and how research and literature on the subject illustrate how the places men and women live, and the spheres they frequent (e.g. the family, the educational institutions, the workplace, etc.) all are rooted in specific geographical locations that help define both which structures of opportunities exist, and what degrees of freedom the individual experiences. As it will appear, part of the literature points to how women’s desire of moving away from the peripheral areas, to some degree, is combined with the women’s wish to gain access to more opportunities as well as a bigger sense of freedom (or less social control).

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