Rural Gender Relations

Issues and Case Studies

February 2006
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    17th February 2006
  • ISBN 9780851990309
  • Language English
  • Pages 384 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

This book explores the gender effects of the current transformation of agriculture and rural life. Five themes are addressed: developments in rural gender theory and research methodology, changes in farm households, migration patterns of men and women in rural areas, the impact of national and international policies, and the construction of identities and definitions of femininity and masculinity as a result of rural change. Contributors include scholars from Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Introduction: rural gender studies in North and South

Part 1: Gender and Farming
Gender and farming: an overview
Gender Relations and Livelihood Strategies
Commodity production and farm women's work
Farm women in Slovenia
The informalization of farm employment
Women and sustainable agriculture
Gender at the border

Part 2: Gender and Rural Migration
Gender and rural migration: an overview
The gendered impact of drought
Rural idylls or boring places?
Rural immigrations and female employment

Part 3: Gender and Rural Politics
Gender and rural politics: an overview
Gender and rural development budgets
Collective action among rural women in India
CAP regulations and farm household relations

Part 4: Rurality and Gender Identity
Rurality and gender identity: an overview
Rural women and the environment
Economic status and gender roles
Rural health and well-being
Gender, body and machinery
Queer countryside revisited

Part 5: Conclusion
Conclusion - future directions

Bettina Bock

Bettina Bock is at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Sally Shortall

Sally Shortall is at Newcastle University, UK.