Social networks as the backbone of women’s work in the Catalan Pyrenees

Montserrat Pallares-Barbera*, Antònia Casellas

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This paper discusses how historically the accumulation of symbolic power by men produced a glass ceiling for women in the Catalan Pyrenees and how women have overcome this constraint by engaging in male-led networks, founding gender balanced networks and developing women-nurtured networks. Through semi-structured qualitative interviews and ethnographic research, the paper investigates the strategies women employed to maintain their involvement in networking activities over a 10-year period. The paper identifies the importance of being connected with horizontal organizations and the empowerment of sharing experiences provided by social bridge agents. The results of this research make a strong case for more inclusive and gender-aware policies in rural areas as a means to promote economic and social viability while empowering women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Gender inequality
  • rural areas
  • social bridge agents
  • social capital
  • social networks
  • symbolic power


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