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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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Education, (Im)Mobility and Gender

In this section, we focus on young people and their educational patterns in the Nordic peripheral areas – including educational choices, mobility patterns, mobility motives, and transport. At the same time, it is necessary to keep in mind that within discussions on education and gender, attention has in recent years been focused on boys’ performances in the educational system, and terms such as ”the failing boys” has been in used. Often, the differences between boys’ and girls’ educational performances have been explained by biological differences, including notions such as the idea that boys ”lag behind” because they find it harder to sit still and concentrate. Thus, the school system today is considered unable to cope with boys and their needs. Or you could, as we do, emphasize that biology perhaps can explain some differences, but not all, since not all boys perform less well than girls – and also that gender interacts with other social categories, such as, class, ethnicity, locality etc.

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