Rural women and local economic development in south-west Victoria

O'Toole, Kevin and Macgarvey, Anna 2003, Rural women and local economic development in south-west Victoria, Journal of rural studies, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 173-186, doi: 10.1016/S0743-0167(02)00072-4.

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Title Rural women and local economic development in south-west Victoria
Author(s) O'Toole, KevinORCID iD for O'Toole, Kevin
Macgarvey, Anna
Journal name Journal of rural studies
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 173
End page 186
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 0743-0167
Summary In the 1990s, the appearance of women in leadership roles in local economic development organisations in small south-west Victorian towns heralded a change in gender relations in rural Australia. This paper contributes to an understanding of this process by investigating the actions and motives of women in leadership roles in small rural towns in south-west Victoria. The paper begins by establishing a framework of analysis based upon a notion of ‘paradigms in progress’. The argument is that in an increasingly interconnected world broader economic, social and political concerns encroach upon local cultures. In this process, older social paradigms or popularly accepted models for how the world works are either transformed, discarded or replaced on different levels. The different levels to which this paper refers are the macromodels of patriarchy, the mesomodels of economic development and the micromodels of leadership. It is the way that these levels intersect and how they are being changed that informs the explanation of women and leadership in south-west Victoria. The paper applies this framework to an analysis of interviews with 15 women in small towns in south-west Victoria. The paper concludes that women in the south-west have been able both to feminise the politics of local economic development as well as reposition the feminine in local social discourses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0743-0167(02)00072-4
Field of Research 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Science
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