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The feminization of agriculture or the feminization of agrarian distress? Tracking the trajectory of women in agriculture in India

Pattnaik, Itishree; Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala; Lockie, Stewart; Pritchard , Bill


The rising share of farm work in India undertaken by women – a phenomenon commonly referred to as the feminization of agriculture – raises questions about the changing character of rural India, particularly with regards to women's social and economic roles. Based on an analysis of four sets of occupational data drawn from the Indian Census (1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011), this paper demonstrates that, as a process driven largely by the outmigration of men from rural areas, the feminization of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy
DOI: 10.1080/13547860.2017.1394569


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