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.
1: Introduction: Rural Gender Studies in North and South Part I: Gender and Farming 2: Gender and Farming: An Overview 3: Gender Relations and Livelihood Strategies 4: Commodity Production and Farm Women's Work 5: Farm Women in Slovenia 6: The Informalization of Farm Employment 7: Women and Sustainable Agriculture 8: Gender at the Border Part II: Gender and Rural Migration 9: Gender and Rural Migration: An Overview 10: The Gendered Impact of Drought 11: Rural Idylls or Boring Places? 12: Rural Immigrations and Female Employment Part III: Gender and Rural Politics 13: Gender and Rural Politics: An Overview 14: Gender and Rural Development Budgets 15: Collective Action among Rural Women in India 16: CAP Regulations and Farm Household Relations Part IV: Rurality and Gender Identity 17: Rurality and Gender Identity: An Overview 18: Rural Women and the Environment 19: Economic Status and Gender Roles 20: Rural Health and Well-Being 21: Embodying Family Farm Work 22: Queer Countryside Revisited Part V: Conclusions 23: Conclusions - Future Directions