Since the early 1990s, new public and private actors, emphasizing issues such as landscape, nature, environment and food safety, have challenged EU rural development policies. This book looks at this innovative framework and, in particular, the impacts of the interactions between established interests and newcomers in local power relations. Specific attention has been given to the gendered nature of these processes. Case studies from throughout Western Europe analyze local rural power relations and present overviews of the significance of rural gender relations. The book demonstrates that traditional and new forms of social organization in rural areas create new forms of political participation. Changing forms of social capital and political participation not only influence the relation between state and civil society, but also male-female relationships. The book argues that the dynamics of these gendered power relations produce competing discourses, which can often hinder policy making and implementation.
Contents: Introduction: power and gender in European rural development, Henri Goverde, Mireia Baylina and Henk de Haan. Part I: Power and Rural Development in Action: Introduction to part I: power and rural development in action, Henri Goverde; Social capital formation in rural East Germany, Lutz Laschewski and Rosemarie Siebert; Family strategies and farming changes: the case of family farming in the Basque country, Jos amón Mauleón; Innovation formation and the practice of new rural partnerships in Finland, Torsti Hyyryläinen; Power/knowledge in the discourse of rural/regional policy, Hans Kjetil Lysgård; Constituent power of Dutch and EU discourses on rurality and rural policies, Henri Goverde. Part II: Gender and Rural Development in Academic Discourse: Introduction to part II: gender and rural development in academic discourse, Mireia Baylina and Bettina Bock; Discourses on gender and rural restructuring in the United Kingdom, Rachel Woodward; Rural gender studies in the Netherlands, Bettina Bock and Henk de Haan; Discourses on rurality and gender in Norwegian rural studies, Nina Gunnerud Berg; Rural women in development discourses and social science research in Tunisia, Alia Gana; Rural gender studies in Spain between 1975 and the present, Mireia Baylina and Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon. Conclusion: power, gender and the significance of place, Henri Goverde, Henk de Haan and Mireia Baylina; Index.