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‘Well weather is not a girl thing is it?’ Contemporary amateur meteorology, gender relations and the shaping of domestic masculinity

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Although there is a growing scholarship on the history of amateur meteorology, contemporary amateur meteorology has tended to remain a largely invisible social phenomenon. Moreover, questions of female involvement and gender relations therein have tended to be overlooked. This paper seeks to address this gap by drawing on interviews with members of one of the most important amateur meteorological networks in the UK—the Climatological Observers Link. The research identifies a predominantly male bias within amateur meteorology in the UK, offers insight into why and how this bias has emerged and explores the implications of this bias for gender politics in the home. It also considers the way in which, as a pursuit that is very much situated within the domestic sphere, amateur meteorology complicates traditional framings of the home as a female realm and contributes to a domestic masculinity.
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Keywords: amateur; domestic space; espace domestique; espacio doméstico; gender; genre; género; masculinidad; masculinity; masculinité; meteorology; meteorología; météorologie

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Geography, University of Nottingham, University ParkNottingham,NG7 2RD, UK

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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