Using contemporary gender theory to examine gender and rurality beyond that of simply women/femininities, this illuminating book accurately locates the subject of masculinities within the rural/agricultural context. While there has been a wealth of literature on men and masculinities published in recent years, the climate of ideas has been typically experienced through an urban lens. This book therefore investigates new conceptual territory. Embedded in the literature on gender and rurality as well as the scholarship on gender and organizations/management, the book draws on an in-depth ethnographic study of gender relations in Australian agricultural politics. It will speak to academic audiences in rural social sciences, gender studies and management/organization studies.
Contents: Introduction; Rural and agricultural masculinities; Researching managerial masculinities in agricultural organizations: methodological reflections; Paternalism and shifting managerial masculinities in agricultural organizations; Making managerial men in agricultural politics; Masculinities and men's response to women's agricultural networks; The 3rd sex: women and masculinities in agricultural management; Conclusion; Appendix: a note on methodology; Bibliography; Index