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Transforming geographies of rurality and femininities. Exploring women's livelihood strategies and practices within rural tourism in Latvia
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract

This paper explores different geographies of tourism, femininities and livelihood in post-socialist rural Latvia, with a focus on womens employment and entrepreneurship within rural tourism. Based on a case study in the Csis district, one aim is to analyse womens livelihood strategies, including both economic and lifestyle-oriented motives behind their employment or entrepreneurship within tourism. The study also illustrates womens day-to-day livelihood practices, in how they organise their lives in time and space, including paid and unpaid work within both the private and the public sphere. Three different ideals of femininities and work are distinguished: traditional, Western, and the continuity of socialist ideals, which women relate to in their everyday life, but also take part in shaping through their practices. The paper reveals how women negotiate their livelihood action space, which includes a number of paradoxes between the quest for independence while facing both economic and social restrictions. These are, for example, related to how they influence their positions within the private sphere, since being an entrepreneur within rural tourism tends to blur the boundaries between the private and the public and be based on a more traditional division of labour between women and men within the family

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
Tourism, gender, rurality, femininities, Latvia
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-10463OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-10463DiVA: diva2:494001
Conference
The IEECCS conference VIII World Congress 2010 Stockholm 26-31 July 2010 Prospects for wider cooperation
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2013-06-12Bibliographically approved

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