Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography

Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography

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This edited book offers a detailed examination of the interstices of ruralities and sexualities over a number of different countries, focusing a geographical lens on the relationships between sexualities and the spaces and tropes of rural life. Collectively, the contributors reveal how sexual identities, imaginaries and experiences are understood and practiced in relation to intimacies, institutions, mobilities, communities, and economic and social modes of production and consumption.show more

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  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 26mm | 559.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073916936X
  • 9780739169360
  • 2,128,783

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Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography is ... a timely and provocative collection of essays on space and sexuality in dynamic, transnational context ... [T]he volume provides an excellent overview of the state of the field for anyone interested in understanding the geographies of sexualities through the lens of the rural. In particular, the volume works very well as a textbook for undergraduate teaching due to its accessible language, exhaustive references and topical diversity. The volume is also warmly recommended to anyone interested in geographies of sexualities. Lambda Nordica This timely book brings to center stage an array of complex issues around sexuality as it is experienced, represented, and experimented within rural locales. From the deep south of the United States, to the valleys of mid-Wales, to the heat of the Australian tropics, and the ice of Nordic countries comes a wealth of thoughts and reflections on a wide panoply of intimate relationships. This will be a must-read for all those interested in geographies of desire and how they are complicated and lived by rural inhabitants. It will be a definitive statement of the wonderful queerness of the rural. -- Elspeth Probyn, professor of gender and cultural studies, University of Sydney This is an original and very timely text that provides wonderfully rich and varied detail on the experience of rural sexuality. Drawing on a range of diverse studies from across different countries, this book demonstrates not only how the rural provides a fascinating backdrop against which sexuality is constructed but also how the countryside, in all its forms, becomes an active part of the performance of masculinity and femininity. As well as being rich in empirical detail this book is theoretically informed and will contribute significantly to our understanding of the articulation of rural practices and subjectivities. An excellent addition to rural geographies! -- Jo Little, University of Exeter Diverse registers of rurality and sexuality are uniquely placed in this innovative, international collection. 'Global Cowboys' entice as mobile masculinities 'coming out', while 'respectable country girls' suggest mis-fitting femininities. Intimate rural interfaces are richly complicated, embedded in cultural economies and (non)human landscapes of production and consumption, and extended to heterosexual as well as queer lives. Exciting, timely and much needed. -- Yvette Taylor, professor of social and policy research, London South Bank Universityshow more

About Andrew Gorman-murray

Andrew Gorman-Murray is a Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydney. He is a social and cultural geographer. His primary research interests include geographies of gender and sexuality, and rural social and cultural change. He has conducted several projects on sexual minorities and communities in rural and regional Australia. This work is published in a number of outlets, including Journal of Rural Studies, Environment and Planning A, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Australian Geographer, Australian Humanities Review and Rural Society. Barbara Pini is a Professor in the School of Humanities at Griffith University. She has an extensive publication record in the field of rural social science, with expertise in gender and class dynamics in rural spaces and industries. She has authored Masculinities and Management in Agricultural Organizations Worldwide (Ashgate 2008) as well as Gender and Rurality (Routledge 2011) with Lia Bryant. She has edited Labouring in New Times: Young People and Work (2011, with R. Price, P. McDonald and J. Bailey), Transforming Gender and Class in Rural Spaces (2011, with R. Leach), Representing Women in Local Government: An International Comparative Study (2011, with P. McDonald), Men, Masculinities and Methodologies (2012, with B. Pease) and Gender, Work and Ageing (2012, with P. McDonald). Professor Pini's writing has appeared in numerous journals including Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Gender, Work and Organization, Work, Employment and Society, Information, Communication and Society, New Technologies, Work and Employment and Social and Cultural Geography. Lia Bryant is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia. She is a sociologist who has published widely on gender, sexuality and embodiment in the rural, with an ongoing interest in class and its intersections with gender in shaping relations in rural communities. She has authored Gender and Rurality (Routledge 2011) with Barbara Pini and has published in numerous journals including Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, International Journal of Qualitative Research, Kunapipi, Social Science Computer Review and Rural Society.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Geographies of Ruralities and Sexualities: An Introduction Andrew Gorman-Murray, Barbara Pini and Lia Bryant Section 1: Intimacies and Institutions Chapter 2: Respectable Country Girls Richard Phillips Chapter 3: Rural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Equalities: English Legislative Equalities in an Era of Austerity Kath Browne and Nick McGlynn Chapter 4: Heterosexual Marriage, Intimacy and Farming Lia Bryant Section 2: Communities Chapter 5: Rural Men in Nordic Television Programs Hanna-Mari Ikonen and Samu Pehkonen Chapter 6: Documenting Lesbian and Gay Lives in Rural Australia Andrew Gorman-Murray Chapter 7: Queering the Hollow: Space, Place and Rural Queerness Mathias Detamore Chapter 8: Space, Place, and Identity in Conversation: Queer Black Women Living in the Rural US South LaToya E. Eaves Section 3: Mobilities Chapter 9: Conceptual and Spatial Migrations: Rural Gay Men's Quest for Identity Alexis Annes and Meredith Redlin Chapter 10: "It doesn't even feel like it's being processed by your head": Lesbian Affective Home Journeys To and Within Townsville, Queensland, Australia Gordon Waitt and Lynda Johnston Chapter 11: Coming Out, Coming In: Geographies of Lesbian Existence in Contemporary Swedish Youth Novels Jenny Bjorklund Section 4: Production and Consumption Chapter 12: Screwing with Animals: Industrial Agriculture and the Management of Animal Sexuality Claire E. Rasmussen Chapter 13: Gender, Sexuality and Rurality in the Mining Industry Barbara Pini and Robyn Mayes Chapter 14: The Global Cowboy: Rural Masculinities and Sexualities Chris Gibson Chapter 15: Sexuality, Rurality, and Geography: A Conclusion Barbara Pini, Lia Bryant and Andrew Gorman-Murrayshow more

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