Farming, identity and well-being: managing changing gender roles within Western European farm families

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 17:1518:45

This seminar is concerned with how men and women on farms socially construct their gender and work identities through interaction with each other and public representations of themselves. It is argued that identity is a process and, like gender, it is socially constructed through ‘doing’ identity. While farming, and the position of women in society has changed enormously, scholars have been surprised that farm women’s gender identity has not changed more significantly with this changed labour market presence. This seminar argues that in order to understand this limited change we need to understand how men and women in family farms verify and reinforce farming work identities and farming gender identities.

Sally Shorthall is Professor of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University Belfast. "I am currently interested in the social construction of knowledge to inform rural policy and the power struggles between empirical and normative knowledge. This draws on my research experience of being an ‘expert’ adviser for the UK Food Standard Agency, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the OECD, and the time I spent in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland, and as a ESRC funded Knowledge Transfer Fellow. I am interested in questions about rural women, farming women, rural development theory and practice, governance, community and stakeholder engagement in policy processes, and how evidence is used to inform policy. My teaching interests are rural sociology, industrial sociology, sociology of organisations, sociology of community, sociology of work."

Visit the QUB website to view Professor Shorthall's profile and publications.


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Theatre D, Old Arts