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.
Bettina Bock is at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Sally Shortall is at Newcastle University, UK.
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