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Rolnicy, kowboje i drwale. Koncepcje wiejskich męskości w obszarze badań nad wsią
Farmers, Cowboys and Lumberjacks. Ideas of Rural Masculinities in Rural Studies

Author(s): Marta Gospodarczyk
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: sociology of sexuality; homosociality; masculinities; rural studies; men’s studies

Summary/Abstract: The article is an analysis of the concepts, perspectives, and premises used in rural studies to depict rural men. The most influential publications that are devoted to the interlinkages between gender and rurality in Western societies have been analyzed. The article presents the social context, in which the constructs of rural masculinities have emerged, the transformations thereof and the key categories they are defined by. These categories are: the agriculture and its role in the construction of a farmer figure as a symbol of rural masculinity; alcohol and public performances of masculinity; sexuality and the erotic images of the countryside; heterosexual marriage and parental practices. The article aims at demonstrating the dynamics of changes in rural masculinities and indicating the connections between city and the countryside in the aspect of masculinity. The article calls for more attention to some issues that were infrequently addressed in Polish rural sociology, such as the situation of non-heteronormative persons.

  • Issue Year: 235/2019
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 103-128
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Polish