Settlements at the Edge
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Settlements at the Edge

Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations

  • New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Andrew Taylor, Dean B. Carson, Prescott C. Ensign, Lee Huskey, Rasmus O. Rasmussen and Gertrude Saxinger

Settlements at the Edge examines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations. With a focus on demographic change, the book features theoretical and applied cases which explore the interface between demography, economy, well-being and the environment. This book offers a comprehensive and insightful knowledge base for understanding the role of population in shaping the development and histories of northern sparsely populated areas of developed nations including Alaska (USA), Australia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland and other nations with territories within the Arctic Circle.
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Chapter 5: Gender matters: the importance of gender to settlements at the edge of the Nordic Arctic

Lisbeth Harbo and Johanna Roto

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5. Gender matters: the importance of gender to settlements at the edge of the Nordic Arctic Lisbeth Harbo and Johanna Roto INTRODUCTION: WHY IS GENDER RELEVANT IN THE CONTEXT OF SETTLEMENTS AT THE EDGE? Gender is increasingly recognised as playing a significant role in the shaping and changing of settlements in peripheral regions. Numerous studies (for example, Rasmussen, 2011; Rauhut et al., 2008; Roto et al., 2014) show that in the northern periphery of the Nordic countries (that is the Nordic Arctic), the outmigration rate of women is higher than that of men; leading to a more imbalanced gender pattern, especially in the working-ge population. In parallel interplay with other structural a demographic changes, such as general population decrease in small and peripheral settlements and growing urban centres, this means that the demographic profiles of Nordic Arctic settlements are becoming increasingly male dominated. While gender has been researched in relation to labour market structures and education choices, inquiries into gender differences specifically in relation to settlements is less prominent. In Chapter 3 of this volume the issue of gender imbalance for temporary populations in resource- ased communities in sparsely populated areas b was outlined. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the Nordic Arctic resident settlement structure in light of the gendered differences that influence demographic changes in these settlements. An overall question is how urbanisation processes are changing the gender balance within the Nordic Arctic and, more specifically, if Nordic Arctic settlements are becoming more male dominated owing...

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