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Title:Rational Actors or Moral Economists: Gender Relations and the Peasant Family in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Magubane, Zine
Year:1994
Periodical:Ufahamu
Volume:22
Issue:3
Pages:36-49
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:farmers
rural women
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
Status of Women
Abstract:Scholars of large-scale peasant societies have traditionally viewed peasants either as rational self-interested actors or as communitarian in outlook, risk averse and reluctant to innovate. Neither school of thought addresses the issue of gender. The present paper examines the situation of peasant women in sub-Saharan Africa in order to determine which perspective most accurately reflects the range of opportunities, options and constraints that typify their lives. It evaluates the claims made by political economists and moral economists, paying particular attention to the work of Samuel Popkin and James Scott, in order to examine how gender issues reinforce, dispute, or merely modify the assumptions underlying both approaches and their viewpoints on such questions as how much risk peasants are willing to assume, the effects of commercialization, and peasant rebellion. examines the situation of peasant women in sub-Saharan Africa in order to determine which perspective most accurately reflects the range of opportunities, options and constraints that typify their lives. Ref.
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