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All kinds of potential: Women and out-migration in an Atlantic Canadian coastal community

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-18, 10:11 authored by Michael Corbett
Rural researchers have found that women leave rural communities at a higher rate than men. Rural education researchers have also found that young women are significantly more successful in formal education than their male counterparts. Few studies though attempt to explain why this is so. This work presents data and analysis from two studies of education and out-migration from a rural-coastal community in Nova Scotia Canada. The questions I investigate in this session are: (1) why are women more likely to leave rural communities? (2) how have contemporary change forces like globalization and network society influenced the gender balance regarding rural out-migration? and (3) how has young rural women’s relative success in formal education related to their higher rates of outmigration? Given the recent concern about boy’s education, I raise some critical questions about the parallel notion that girls are doing just fine


Publication title

Journal of Rural Studies








Faculty of Education


Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd

Place of publication

The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, England, Ox5 1Gb

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Copyright 2007 Elsevier Ltd.

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Expanding knowledge in education

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