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From "Migration der Frau aus Berggebieten (1)" to "Gender and Sustainable Development": Dynamics in the field of gender and geography in Switzerland and in the German-speaking context


Buehler, E; Baechli, K (2007). From "Migration der Frau aus Berggebieten (1)" to "Gender and Sustainable Development": Dynamics in the field of gender and geography in Switzerland and in the German-speaking context. BELGEO (Revue Belge de Géographie), 2007(3):275-299.

Abstract

In the first part of this paper we present the results of a bibliographic analysis of German-speaking academic theses and of journal articles explicitly discussing issues on gender and geography. The second part focuses on people, networks and institutions in the German-speaking context. For those familiar with gender research it is hardly surprising that women authors are almost exclusively the producers of this knowledge. Defensive conservatism against this innovative field of research seems to be stronger in Germany than in Austria and Switzerland. We identify a shift in the theoretical perspectives away from the originally dominating women studies towards gender studies perspectives in the publications analyzed, while men or masculinity studies are still missing. Two diverse interpretations must be taken into account for the significant recent decrease of the numbers of theses and articles. On the one hand we have to note a decrease in students’ interest in taking courses on gender. On the other hand the decline of publications explicitly focusing on gender is caused by a trend to mainstream gender into a broader discussion of social difference and identity.

In the first part of this paper we present the results of a bibliographic analysis of German-speaking academic theses and of journal articles explicitly discussing issues on gender and geography. The second part focuses on people, networks and institutions in the German-speaking context. For those familiar with gender research it is hardly surprising that women authors are almost exclusively the producers of this knowledge. Defensive conservatism against this innovative field of research seems to be stronger in Germany than in Austria and Switzerland. We identify a shift in the theoretical perspectives away from the originally dominating women studies towards gender studies perspectives in the publications analyzed, while men or masculinity studies are still missing. Two diverse interpretations must be taken into account for the significant recent decrease of the numbers of theses and articles. On the one hand we have to note a decrease in students’ interest in taking courses on gender. On the other hand the decline of publications explicitly focusing on gender is caused by a trend to mainstream gender into a broader discussion of social difference and identity.

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Other titles:Von Migration der Frau aus Bergebieten zu Geschlecht und Nachhaltige Entwicklung: Veränderungen in dem Gebiet Geschlecht und Geographie in der Schweiz und im Deutschsprachigen Kontext
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:22
Publisher:Société Royale Belge de Géographie
ISSN:1377-2368
Related URLs:http://www.srbg.be (Publisher)
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2195

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