Rural masculinities and the internalisation of violence in agricultural communities

Carrington, Kerry, McIntosh, Alison, Hogg, Russell, & Scott, John (2013) Rural masculinities and the internalisation of violence in agricultural communities. International Journal of Rural Criminology, 2(1), pp. 3-24.

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This article is based on research we conducted in two agricultural communities as part of a broader study that included mining communities in rural Australia. The data from the agricultural locations tell a different story to that of the mining communities. In the latter, alcohol-fuelled, male-on-male assaults in public places caused considerable anxiety among informants. By contrast, people in the agricultural communities seemed more troubled by hidden violent harms which were largely privatised and individualised, including self-harm, suicide, isolation and threats to men’s general wellbeing and mental health; domestic violence; and other forms of violence largely unreported and thus unacknowledged within the wider community (including sexual assault and bullying linked to homophobia). We argue one reason for the different pattern in the agricultural communities is the decline of pub(lic) masculinity, and with this, the increasing isolation of rural men and the increasing propensity to internalise violence. We argue that the relatively high rates of suicide in agricultural communities experiencing rural decline are symptomatic of the internalisation of violence.

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ID Code: 65967
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Rural Men, Agriculture, Mining, Violence, Drinking Cuilture, self harm, domestic violence
ISSN: 1835-6672
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Ohio State University
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2014 23:57
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:24

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