Women and Farming

Women and Farming : Property and Power

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Women and Farming: Property and Power looks at women on family farms. It argues that farming culture affords more power to men than to women. This is because men and women on family farms have different relationships to property. Traditions and customary practices sanction the transfer of land from father to son, thus restricting women's access to property. Economic power follows from property ownership, and this in turns leads to political, ideological and organizational power. Access to property is regulated by farming culture, and discriminates against women. Using comparative examples, different chapters consider the transfer of land between men, the changed role of women in the dairy industry in the nineteenth century, women in farming organizations, women in agricultural education programmes, and the role of the state in shaping the lives of farm women. The common themes of power and property underpin all the chapters.
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  • Electronic book text | 192 pages
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • 0333983718
  • 9780333983713

About Sally Shortall

SALLY SHORTALL is Lecturer in Sociology at Queen's University Belfast. Her main research interests are rural development policy, women on farms, and change in farming, and she has published on these topics over the past ten years. She worked in McGill University Montreal from 1990 to 1992, and returned to Ireland to work in the National Economic and Social Council in Dublin before taking up her current post at Queen's University. She has published work on farm women in Sociologia Ruralis, The Canadian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Sociology , and The Irish Journal of Sociology. She will co-edit a forthcoming special issue of Sociologia Ruralis on farm women with two Norwegian colleagues.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Power Property, Power and Women Women and Property in Twentieth Century Ireland Farm Women, and the Commercialisation of Dairying, and Social Change Women and Farming Organisations Women and Agricultural Education The State and Change Conclusions References index
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