Gender, change and resistance: Men's response to women's networks in the Australian sugar industry
Pini, Barbara M. & McDonald, Paula K. (2004) Gender, change and resistance: Men's response to women's networks in the Australian sugar industry. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference; Centre for Social Change Research; Queensland University of Technology.
In the latter part of the twentieth century a number of farm and rural women’s networks were established throughout Australia. One of the reasons why such groups were established was to address the paucity of women in leadership positions in mainstream agri-political groups. This paper explores how men in male dominated agri-political groups have responded to this gender equity strategy. Using data from a doctoral study examining women's participation in the Australian sugar industry I examine the discourses within which men in the mainstream agri-political group, CANEGROWERS, have positioned women’s networks and the women involved in networks. These are discourses which construct women involved in networks as lacking in femininity and which re-inscribe normative definitions of femininity and masculinity in agriculture. These, it is argued, act in powerful ways to regulate and contain women’s involvement in agri-politics.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2004 Barbara M. Pini and Paula K. McDonald|
|Deposited On:||21 Dec 2004|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 13:05|
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