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Reconstructing violent rural masculinities: responding to fractures in the rural gender order in Australia


Pease, B, Reconstructing violent rural masculinities: responding to fractures in the rural gender order in Australia, Culture, Society and Masculinities, 2, (2) pp. 154-164. ISSN 1941-5583 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3149/CSM.0202.154


Men's violence against women is higher in rural communities compared to urban areas and many writers have identified the increased vulnerability of women in rural areas when addressing men's violence. This article will explore the implications of the emerging scholarship on rural masculinities for understanding how rurality invokes different modes of masculinity associated with men's violence in the context of rural restructuring. While the socio-cultural aspects of rural areas generate stronger enforcement of gender roles that perpetuate gender inequality, rural restructuring challenges dominant forms of masculinity, and this has contradictory consequences for reconstructing masculinities. Consequently, while many rural men are endeavouring to preserve traditional masculinity in the face of the rural crisis, other men are exploring alternative masculinities that are incompatible with men's violence against women.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Social Work
Research Field:Social Work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pease, B (Professor Bob Pease)
ID Code:103867
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-10-28
Last Modified:2016-11-02
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