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Title:Gender and Rural Livelihoods in Kenya
Author:Francis, Elizabeth
Year:1998
Periodical:Journal of Development Studies
Volume:35
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:72-95
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:gender relations
rural households
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00220389808422565
Abstract:This paper brings together two concerns. One is prompted by the upheavals of economic change experienced in the African countryside in recent years and their impact on rural people's efforts to maintain their livelihoods. Changes in the sources of livelihood raise new issues in rural households, and intensify old ones. How do shifts in the ways in which household members make a living affect relations of power and authority within households? How do domestic power relations shape the ways in which resources are used? Who is responsible for finding money for food when remittances from migrant labour dry up? Does this responsibility confer the right to decide how the money should be earned and spent? Who should work on the new crops? Who should get the crop income? The second concern is to consider the gender relations to be found in different regions, localities and households in the light of general models and concepts of household relations. Understanding gender relations within households involves linking the dynamics of relations within households to broader structural changes going on at the local, regional and national levels and to the operation of State and market institutions. These concerns are brought together through a comparison of seven studies of gender and changing rural livelihoods in central and western Kenya published since 1988. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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