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This exciting new book brings together renowned international scholars to explore the gender effects of the current transformation of agriculture and rural life. It presents a comparative perspective on key research themes of rural gender relations, with each section beginning with a comprehensive overview. Five themes are addressed: developments in rural gender theory and research methodology; changes in farm households; patterns of rural migration; the impact of national and international policies; and the construction of gender identities as a result of rural changes. Contributors include scholars from Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Main Contents Introduction: rural gender studies in North and South, B B Bock, Wageningen University, Netherlands Part 1: Gender and Farming Gender and farming: an overview, S Shortall, Queen's University, Belfast, UK Gender Relations and Livelihood Strategies, M Gorman, Self Help Development International, Ireland Commodity production and farm women's work, S Machum, St Thomas University, New Brunswick, Canada Farm women in Slovenia, M Cernic Istenic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia The informalization of farm employment, A Kritzinger, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa Women and sustainable agriculture, S Tufts Rickson, R E Rickson and D Burch, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia Gender at the border, J D Momsen, University of California, USA Part 2: Gender and Rural Migration Gender and rural migration: an overview, B B Bock, Wageningen University, Netherlands The gendered impact of drought, M Alston, Charles Stuart University, Australia Rural idylls or boring places?, M S Haugen and M Villa, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, Norway Rural immigrations and female employment, A G Papadopoulos,Harokopeion University, Greece Part 3: Gender and Rural Politics Gender and rural politics: an overview, S Shortall, Queen's University, Belfast, UK Gender and rural development budgets, B B Bock and P Derkzen, Wageningen University, Netherlands Collective action among rural women in India, J-A Everingham, University of Queensland, Australia CAP regulations and farm household relations, C Safilios-Rothschildt, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece Part 4: Rurality and Gender Identity Rurality and gender identity: an overview, B B Bock, Wageningen University, Netherlands Rural women and the environment, C Sachs, Penn State University, USA Economic status and gender roles, S Shortall, Queen's University, Belfast, UK Rural health and well-being, R Panelli, University of Otago, New Zealand Gender, body and machinery, B Brandth, Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim, Norway Queer countryside revisited, D Bell, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK Part 5: Conclusion Conclusion - future directions, S Shortall, Queen's University, Belfast, UK