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.



Gender, Work and Working Life in Transition

In this section, we focus on some of the pervasive changes having occurred in the peripheral areas of the Nordic region and how these changes have a clear gender dimension. The traditional male dominated professions have been particularly affected by these changes, thus particular conditions now apply to the male population of the peripheral areas of the Nordic region. In some of the peripheral areas of the Nordic region, mass unemployment among men is an issue, and some areas seek to adapt to the changing local industry by carrying out retraining projects aimed at these unemployed men finding employment traditionally characterised as ”female jobs”, such as jobs within the service sector and in nursing.

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