Resilience for women on the land: how rural discourses enable or constrain their well-being, empowerment and resilience

McInnerney, Marlyn (2021) Resilience for women on the land: how rural discourses enable or constrain their well-being, empowerment and resilience. In: 14th Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference (RWSA 2021), 11-15 May 2021, Ontario, Canada.

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The agricultural sector in Australia has been impacted over the past thirty years by many challenging forces, including rural structural adjustment policies, commodity price fluctuations, and the accelerating shocks of climate change. Most agriculture is carried out by family farm businesses, and these families have borne the brunt of these changes. Rural people have been praised for their resilience in the face of adversity. How could resilience be fostered and supported in these families?
This presentation explores the family dynamics that enable or constrain well-being, empowerment and resilience of women in farm families in South West Queensland with a focus on the role of the daughter-in-law. The researcher used a feminist post-structural lens to conduct and analyse over 40 in-depth semi-structured interviews with 20 farmwomen. More than half of these conversations took place at the kitchen tables of the respondents, the others over a cup of coffee at a local café. This presentation suggests that resilience for these women begins at home, with their acculturation into and acceptance by the receiving farm family, and that the well-being and empowerment of farm women is key to the resilience and adaptability of the farm sector.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 05:17
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 06:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural women; resilience; women on the land; rural discourses
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440509 Women's studies (incl. girls' studies)
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440601 Cultural geography
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440609 Rural and regional geography
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910404 Productivity (excl. Public Sector)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1503 Management and productivity > 150304 Productivity (excl. public sector)
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1503 Management and productivity > 150306 Technological and organisational innovation

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