Why Has Development Neglected Rural Women? - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080233772, 9781483188713

Why Has Development Neglected Rural Women?

1st Edition

A Review of the South Asian Literature

Authors: Nici Nelson
eBook ISBN: 9781483188713
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 116
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Why Has Development Neglected Rural Women?: A Review of the South Asian Literature reviews literatures about the role of women in rural development in South Asia. The book details the concept of development and the importance of considering the role of women in development. Next, the selection discusses the extant literature on women's roles in rural life and economy. The title also analyzes the contemporary knowledge about rural women, and then discusses the general areas or research that should be considered in the future. The text will be of great interest to economists, political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists.

Table of Contents

Chapter Page

I A Review with a Difference


The Meaning of Development

Why Consider the Role of Women in Development?

Data Sources

Why Has So Little Research Been Done on Women's Roles in Rural Development?

What is The Role of Rural Women in Development?

II Literature on Rural Woman of the Asian Sub-Continent




Sri Lanka

III What May Have Been Learned So Far

Women are Not a Homogenous Group

Women are a Disadvantaged Sector

Importance of Women's Work

Women Live Their Lives Through Their Male Relatives

The Stereotyped Household and the Myth of the Ever-Present Male Head

Women's Status and Fertility

Some of the Effects Of 'Development' on the Roles of Rural Women

IV If More Knowledge is the Answer, Then What are the Questions?

Action-Orientated Research

Female Labor Participation

Female Labor and Family Life

Women's Role in Household Management

Women and Consumption Patterns

Women and the New Technology

Specific Women's Progranities

Theoretical Research

Socio-Historical Studies

The Subordination of Women

How Women Perceive Their Roles

How Men Perceive Women


Women's Structures

Women's Role in Society's Larger Institutions:Family, Class and Education

V Conclusion



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