Stuck Between ‘the Rock’ and a Hard Place: Re-imagining Rural Newfoundland Feminine Subjectivities Beyond the Global Imaginary and Rural Crisis

Power, Nicole Gerarda and Norman, Moss E. (2014) Stuck Between ‘the Rock’ and a Hard Place: Re-imagining Rural Newfoundland Feminine Subjectivities Beyond the Global Imaginary and Rural Crisis. Gender, Place & Culture, 22 (1). pp. 50-66. ISSN 1360-0524

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Abstract

There has been a growing body of research exploring the mobility experiences of rural youth as they migrate in search of work, education and leisure. In this paper we contribute to this body of knowledge by examining the mobility experiences of young women (16-24 years) living on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, Canada. In contrast to dominant constructions of rural crisis that position out of the way places as in decline, dying or dead, we argue that the young women in our study articulated complex, affective relations to place. In so doing they negotiated localized histories, prevailing social relations, broader discursive constructions and embodied affective connections in forging their emplaced feminine subjectivities. We argue that foregrounding the complex and at times contradictory relationships that the young women articulated with their rural homes is an important step in prying open dominant albeit constraining constructions of the rural, thereby allowing for alternative and more inhabitable imaginings of out of the way places.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8485
Item ID: 8485
Keywords: rural studies, youth, mobility, feminine subjectivities, work and recreation
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology
Date: January 2014
Date Type: Publication
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