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Gender in Agrarian Transitions

Liberation Perspectives from the South

Edited by Dzodzi Tsikata , Archana Prasad , Paris Yeros

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This book advances contemporary debates on the evolution of patriarchal institutions in agrarian transitions and the struggles for women’s liberation today. It focuses on the complexities of agrarian transitions in the Global South and the crisis of social reproduction especially under neoliberalism. It sheds new light on feminist struggles over land, labour and social reproduction, and enriches our understanding of popular movements and women’s struggles for emancipation across the rural–urban divide. The chapters offer empirical and theoretical contributions on gender relations in class formation in combination with race, caste and other contradictions. They critically examine the participation of women as well as the role of women’s leadership in historical and contemporary struggles, including anti-racist, anti-caste and anti-imperialist struggles.

Archana Prasad

Archana Prasad is Professor of History at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She is one of the editors of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. Her current research is focused on the gendered dimensions of the political economy of agrarian transitions and resistance; social reproduction and the gendered division of labour; and the interface between ecological transformations and capitalist accumulation.

Dzodzi Tsikata

Dzodzi Tsikata is a feminist scholar activist, currently Distinguished Research Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Her work in the last thirty years has been in the areas of the land and labour relations of agrarian and urban informal economies, and gender and development policies and practices in Africa. She is the managing editor of Feminist Africa Journal and one of the editors of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.

Paris Yeros

Paris Yeros is Professor in the faculties of Economic Sciences, Sciences and Humanities, and World Political Economy at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), São Paulo, Brazil. He is one of the editors of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. His current research interests include agrarian and labour questions in Africa and Latin America, gender relations, and world development.