The Impact of Development, the Commercialization of Agriculture, and Economic Dependency on Women's Participation in Agricultural Production

Beth Vanfossen, Frances Rothstein

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The post-World War ? period has been one of intense development activity throughout the world. Lesser developed countries have showed significant economic growth throughout this time-span. Among the many consequences which are attributed to development, changes in gender relations are often mentioned. However, prior research has been unable to establish conclusively how economic development is related to gender inequality, particularly as this is referenced by women's participation in important economic activities. For example, some researchers have found that as development increases, women's participation in and return from the economy declines, others that it increases, and several have suggested it first declines then increases. Similar uncertainties exist about how an increasing emphasis on producing goods for export, and the often-accompanying reliance on foreign investment, affects women's work. Recent research also suggests that the consequences of development are more diverse than previously thought. Recognition of the diversity requires greater specification of the links between developmental diversity and women's labor force participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-161
Number of pages46
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1997


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