Partners in Production? : Women, Farm and Family in Ireland

Partners in Production? : Women, Farm and Family in Ireland

by Patricia O'Hara
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571819398

ISBN-13: 9781571819390

Pub. Date: 04/01/1998

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

In Ireland, family farming retains enormous ideological and cultural significance. As a social form it is one of the last preserves of male dominance in which women's contributions and concerns are largely overlooked. This book breaks new ground as the first major study of Irish farm families in which women are the focus of attention. Little is known of how

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In Ireland, family farming retains enormous ideological and cultural significance. As a social form it is one of the last preserves of male dominance in which women's contributions and concerns are largely overlooked. This book breaks new ground as the first major study of Irish farm families in which women are the focus of attention. Little is known of how gender relations actually work themselves out within farm families, or of farm women's understanding of their situation, but even a casual observer would conclude that Irish farm women are not without influence. This volume reveals how contemporary farm women experience life on the family farm (often through their own voices) and how they have managed to create their own spheres of influence, despite their apparent unequal status and invisibility in the male world of agricultures.

This study not only makes farm women's subordination explicit, but in discerning the sources and force of their influence within and outside the farm family, it offers a challenge to existing explanations of the evolution of Irish rural social structures. It also suggests that feminist theories of the family need to pay closer attention to the mother's influence on social reproduction.

Patricia O'Hara combines teaching at University College, Cork with research and work as a consultant sociologist to government departments, universities, agencies, and NGOs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571819390
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
Agriculture in Ireland Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
1Women in Family Farming in Ireland: The Context1
2Women, Farm and Family in Ireland: Concepts and Issues12
3Researching Women in Farm Families41
4Creating the Farm Family: Becoming a Farm Wife54
5Inside the Family Farm: Women's Work and Family Farming81
6Inside the Farm Family: Distribution of Resources113
7Securing the Future: The Reproductive Role of Farm Women133
8Women in Family Farming in Ireland: Conclusions and Reflections153
Bibliography164
Index177

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