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Women, development and social change : the women of rural Malawi : a case study

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Women, development and social change : the women of rural Malawi : a case study

Miller, Doug (1998) Women, development and social change : the women of rural Malawi : a case study. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study explores the contradictions which arise between global market driven development and the lived reality of Malawi's rural women with respect to the critical elements of peasant life which are usually defined as land, labour and social regime. Policy makers and planners design programmes and projects to integrate the peasantry into the free market economy which emphasizes productivity, technology and cash returns. On the other hand, peasant farmers, particularly women, with their primordial responsibility for domestic reproduction, are faced with the need to feed their families and provide social supports not available through the market system. Poor women have little or no influence over the impact of the application of administrative policies which produce strain on the subsistence system, with which the population must cope by calling on the social regime which sustains them, albeit inadequately in the face of a restructured economy.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Miller, Doug
Pagination:v, 174 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Amit-Talai, Vered
ID Code:427
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:11
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:14
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