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Women, Land Rights and Rural Development

How Much Land Does a Woman Need?

Esther Kingston-Mann



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10 December 2019
Social & cultural history; Rural communities; Gender studies: women; Land rights; Economic history
The failure to include gender in the economic history of rural development has severely limited our understanding of privatizing, collectivist and colonial economic policies that disrupted and transformed the lives of rural women and men in the modern world. This book is unique in its focus on female economic agency, and in its exploration of the latter virtue in comparative historical perspective. It presents the apparently disparate cases of 17th-century England, 20th-century Russia and the Soviet Union, and 20th-century Kenya, as their top-down modernization projects were implemented in similar fashion --particularly in the case of women. The female half of the population was largely absent from contemporary economic databases, but nevertheless stereotyped as obstacles to rational economic decision-making. Introducing rural women and their innovations into male-centered narratives of economic history lays the foundation for a more demographically balanced and realistic understanding of rural behavior and rural development. In this study, women's labor and land claims are the lens through which both female agency and the delegitimizing of women's land claims become more visible. Both policy-makers and their leading critics deployed virtually identical language to describe backward, unruly and invariably unsightly peasant women.
By:   Esther Kingston-Mann
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367884376
ISBN 10:   0367884372
Pages:   174
Publication Date:   10 December 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. How the Other Half Lives: Rural Women Encounter England's Land Rights Revolution 2. Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Republic: The Majority as an Obstacle to Progress? 3. Without Land I Am Nothing! : Kikuyu Women and Land Rights. Conclusion

Esther Kingston-Mann is Ford Service Professor Emerita in the Department of History at University of Massachusetts Boston.

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