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- Of tractors and men: masculinity, technology and power in a French farming community
- Saugeres, Lise
- This paper explores cultural constructions of masculinities and femininities among farming families in a French community. In particular, it shows how, with the development of agricultural technology, the tractor has become a symbol of male power and spatial domination over women. Drawing on life-history interviews and ethnographic observations, it is argued that farmers have appropriated agricultural technology and used it to construct and reaffirm their masculine identities. As a result of this appropriation, women's work in agricultural production has become limited to carrying out menial tasks which are seen as secondary to farming. Focusing on narratives revolving around men, women and tractors, the paper shows that the tractor, as a symbol of male domination, is directly opposed to images of femininity. However, it is argued that the tractor can also become the expression of struggle and contention over masculine power and patriarchal gender relations on the farm.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Sociologia Ruralis, Vol. 42, no. 2 (Apr 2002), pp. 143-159
- Publication year
- Farming community; Femininities; France; Gender; Masculinities
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2002 European Society for Rural Sociology.
- Peer reviewed