Making it in an insular labour market

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Finding a way to earn an income in an island setting may be challenging if the island is small and offers few opportunities for regular full time employment. Existing literature acknowledges the importance of gaining income from several sources at the same time in rural and remote locations. This paper further argues that geographic and historic circumstances impact differentially and interact with gender relations in defining possibilities for engaging in such diversification of income bases. The paper therefore discusses the role of local traditions and history, gender relations, and geography in explaining working life strategies among couples. Empirically, the paper draws on ethnographic fieldwork on the Danish island of Læsø, with approximately 1800 inhabitants and situated just far enough from mainland Denmark to make commuting on a daily basis near impossible.
Period28 Sep 2020
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • islands
  • income
  • labour markets
  • gender roles