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Woman's Role in Economic Development

ISBN-10: 1844073920

ISBN-13: 9781844073924

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ester Boserup, Nazneen Kanji, Su Fei Tan, Camilla Toulmin

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This classic text by Ester Boserup was the first investigation ever undertaken into what happens to women in the process of economic and social growth throughout the developing world and serves as an international benchmark. It examines what happens to marriage systems and to women's rights in land when agriculture is modernized. It looks at the changes that occur when, in the process of industrialization, large numbers of families leave their rural homes for towns and cities. It also considers the issue of job discrimination against women in developing industries. A substantial new Introduction by Camilla Toulmin, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development, and Nazneen Kanji and Su Fei Tan reflects on Boserup's legacy as a scholar and activist and the continuing relevance of her work. Key areas of examination include highlighting how the role of women in economic development has or has not changed over the past four decades in developing countries. Coverage includes women and inequality, international and national migration, conflict, HIV-AIDS, markets and employment, urbanization, leadership, property rights and global processes including the UN-MDGs as well as barriers to change. In the context of the ongoing struggle for women's rights, massive urbanization and international efforts to reduce poverty, this classic text continues to be a vital text for economists, sociologists, development workers, activists and all those who take an active interest in women's social and economic circumstances and problems throughout the world.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Ester Boserup was a Danish economist who spent many years researching the problems of economic development and agriculture for the United Nations and acted as economic consultant for other international bodies. She studied in India under Gunnar Myrdal. She died in 1999.

Su Fei Tan is a Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development currently studying the linkages between decentralization and local management of natural resources.

Camilla Toulmin Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Introduction
Preface
In the Village
Male and Female Farming Systems
The Division of Labour within African Agriculture
The Plough, The Veil and the Labourer
Population Pressure and Sex Roles in Farming
The Economics of Polygamy
The Status of Younger Wives
Work Input and Women's Status
Loss of Status under European Rule
The Responsibility of the Europeans
From Cultivator to Family Aid
The Revolt of the Women
The Casual Worker
The Influence of Caste on Women's Work and Wages
Cheap Labour for the Export Sector
The Female Coolie
The Impact of Agricultural Modernization on the Employment of Women
In the Town
Women in a Men's World
Sex and Race in Market Trade
Work Input and Earnings of Market Women
From the Market Place to the Super-Market
Female Services in Male Towns
Domestic Servants
Industry: From the Hut to the Factory
Women's Drop-out from Industry
Why Employers Prefer Male Workers
Why Women Shun the Factory
The Educated Woman
Seclusion in the Professions
The Feminization of Clerical Jobs
The Pull of White Collar Jobs
Women in the Urban Hierarchy
Sex Differentials in Industrial Skills and Wages
The Hierarchy of Race and Sex
The Status of White Collar Workers
From Village to Town
The Lure of the Towns
The Value of Subsistence Production
Subsistence Activities in Urban Areas
Urban Job Opportunities for Women
The Two Steps in Economic Development
The Impact of Tradition and of Imported Culture Patterns
The Pattern of Migration and of Female Work
The Arab and the Latin American Patterns
The South East Asian Pattern
The African Pattern
The Unemployment Scare
Employment Opportunities in Rural Areas
The Urban Labour Market
Education as a Cause of Unemployment
The Cost of Urbanization
The Strategy of Development Planning
The Design of Female Education
The Productivity of Female Labour
The Escape from Competition
Training for the Modern Sector
A New Pattern for the Future
Appendix Tables
Notes to Tables and Figures
List of Works Cited
Author Index
Subject Index