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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Place Attachment, Everyday Life and Gender

In this section, we will focus on different aspects of being young and living in one of the Nordic peripheral areas. The point of departure of this section is an understanding of the paramount significance of the actual places in which young people live in relation to their identity and subsequently also to their choices of education and career. The section is based on the idea that the identity question ”who am I?” is closely linked to the questions ”where am I?” and ”where do I belong?”, and that locations, or places, are vital in identity formation (Cuba and Hummon 1993; Howard 2000). The literature within the field suggests that to have a sense of belonging to a place and the people who live there are essential issues that young people must consider when they think about their future.

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