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Land 2014, 3(1), 188-203; doi:10.3390/land3010188

Gendered Resource Access and Utilisation in Swedish Family Farming

Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Received: 27 December 2013 / Revised: 14 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 24 February 2014
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Gendered relations in resource access and farming are two important intersecting themes of gender studies in a northern rural context. However, conventional analysis and perceptions of the economy conceal the contribution of women within families, in businesses and in the labor market. This article demonstrate the significance of capital to farming women’s engagement with agriculture using a Swedish case study, based on descriptive analyses of data from the Federation of Swedish Farmers. To disclose the embodiment of family farming, gendered control of land, business activities and farm incomes is analyzed. On this empirical basis, we argue for reconstitution of farm-related entrepreneurial research, rural development policies and rural gender studies from a new material feminist approach. Access to resources, typically land, together with social forces and embodied experiences constitute the basis of strategic focus and agency. We demonstrate that acknowledgement of access to resources in the research process and in the understanding of social relations, resistance and situated knowledge are essential.
Keywords: land; economy; materiality; material feminism; agriculture; entrepreneurship land; economy; materiality; material feminism; agriculture; entrepreneurship
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Andersson, E.; Lidestav, G. Gendered Resource Access and Utilisation in Swedish Family Farming. Land 2014, 3, 188-203.

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