Remoteness as a gendered construct

Flavian Lihwa, Christopher J. Johnstone, Matthew A.M. Thomas, Brooke Krause

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This article explores the potential of using children’s perceptions of distance to reflect a gendered understanding of remoteness. Data collected from 1,549 children in Tanzania concerning their perceptions of remoteness in relation to accessibility of school, health care, and water resources were analysed in reference to their impact on school attendance and performance. Gendered variability in perceived distances to services by children may indicate that remoteness is as much of a social issue as it is a geographic phenomenon, in that girls perceive distance and time between home and destination to be further than boys who travel approximately the same distance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-513
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 19 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by CARE [Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Gender and diversity
  • Social sector - Education
  • Sub-Saharan Africa


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