Representations of femininity and masculinity : gender relations and identities amongst farm families in a French community.
This thesis is about gender relations and identities among
farming families in a community in the Aveyron region in
southern France. More particularly, it is about the ways in
which women and men in farming families locate themselves in
terms of culturally constructed ideas of femininity and
masculinity, and ideas of tradition and modernity. This study
is carried out from a feminist perspective and draws on
feminist and social and cultural geographies as well as other
social science disciplines in order to explore the production
and reproduction of patriarchal ideologies by which women are
maintained in unequal positions to men in farming families,
the farming community, and bureaucratic structures.