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Mexican women’s emotions to resist gender stereotypes in rural tourism work.

Diaz-Carrion, I.A. and Vizcaino Suarez, L.P., 2020. Mexican women’s emotions to resist gender stereotypes in rural tourism work. Tourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2020.1867886

Abstract

The study of emotions and their role in ordering social life has been a fruitful feminist contribution to cultural and social studies. Under this theoretical perspective, affective or emotional responses illustrate women’s strategies to cope with or resist productive and spatial limitations produced by traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Since the 2000s, tourism and gender researchers have turned their attention to emotions, however in particular niches, such as rural tourism, there is limited exploration of the intersection of emotions and gender stereotypes. To address this gap, we rely on Ahmed’s framework on emotions and other theoretical contributions on socio-cultural spaces, embodied emotions, affective practices and gendered work to investigate gender roles, stereotypes and tourism productive and spatial relations in Mexican rural contexts. The main objective is to shed light on roles and gender stereotypes and their connections with the affective spatial practices experienced by women. A total of 49 Mexican women were interviewed from 2015 to 2018. Qualitative content analysis is employed to examine interview data, using inductive and deductive approaches. In addition, non-participant observation, document review, and field notes enrich and complement the interview data. The findings highlight how emotions mediate women’s lived experiences of gendered rural tourism work and the potential of emotional responses to contest social norms in opening new paths to surpass women’s relatively weaker positions in rural societies and to negotiate inequalities. Concluding thoughts focus on the contradictory messages experienced by women and the tensions generated in both the family and the community, while highlighting the importance of gender mainstreaming strategies and proposing a framework to contest traditional gender roles and to improve women’s affective spatial practices in rural contexts.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1461-6688
Uncontrolled Keywords:rural tourism ; tourism work ; gender stereotypes ; women's emotions ; Mexico ; Latin America
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:34901
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 12:36
Last Modified:15 Aug 2021 08:27

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