Different Places, Different Voices: Gender and Development by Vivian Kinnaird, Janet Momsen

By Vivian Kinnaird, Janet Momsen

Varied locations, diverse Voices demanding situations Western feminist and post-colonial techniques in its research of the altering lives of ladies of Asia, Africa, Latin the USA and Oceania. Recognising the importance of position, this can be a publication educated through the voices of girl geographers from the constructing global. Twenty case experiences current nearby views on city and rural improvement, loved ones copy and creation and group agency. The theoretical and contextual process and the emphasis on position and positionality spotlight the variations created through position to signify alternative ways of seeing.

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In addition to national and international statistics of socioeconomic indicators of development, various categories of women and men in urban and rural settings need to be studied. In order to do this some of the parameters that could be taken into consideration are employment status, gender relations over time to reflect the occupation structure, settlement patterns, population and family planning, and spatial mobility. The different types of migration and their impact on both women and men should equally be studied.

The food-processing industry is a major source of income to women as food that is consumed in urban areas is generally produced and processed in the rural centres. The energy component is essential to these industries but ‘its complex trends are inadequately recognised and, therefore, it does not receive the attention it deserves’ (Ghai 1986). In the surveyed areas small-scale food processing for income includes the processing of corn, cassava, palm oil, fish, rice and vegetables. Almost all women are engaged in some form of processing activity either as a major or secondary occupation.

This could be seen in women’s limited access to land and their capacity to manage this critical resource which is a key factor of development in rural Ghanaian society, just as in all traditional African societies (Udo 1982; Pogucki 1955; Bukh 1979). In the process, the attention of men was shifted from domestic production (which became the lot of women) to cash and export crop production. In the rural political economy, therefore, women clear the undergrowth, collect dug-out tree stumps and roots during farm-land 18 HOUSEHOLD ENERGY SUPPLY AND RURAL WOMEN’S WORK IN GHANA preparation, apply fertiliser, weed round the farms, sow seeds and harvest vegetables (Ardayfio 1986).

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