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Bun-baking mums and subverters: The agency of network participants in a Rural Swedish county
Umeå University.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University.
Umeå University.
2007 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 48-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the 1990s rural Swedish women positioned themselves as women and formed networks aimed at addressing various local and most often gender-related problems that limited their quality of life. The aim of this article is to empirically describe and theoretically discuss the idea of agency in the context of women's social practices of networking and to examine how the participants either reproduce or transform the gendered structures that shape them. The empirical data for this article consist primarily of discussions with focus groups and interviews with network participants. Through interpretations, a pattern of gendered power-relations was illuminated, which both influenced and constrained the participants' activities. We have interpreted the participants' networking agency as acts of protest against everything that limits their living conditions. As women develop strategies through networking, their resistance seems to become increasingly significant for the ongoing transformations of the gender order.

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2007. Vol. 30, no 1, p. 48-58
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8470DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2006.12.004ISI: 000244970800005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33846901165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-8470DiVA, id: diva2:139830
Available from: 2009-01-26 Created: 2009-01-26 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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