ISBN-10:
157181969X
ISBN-13:
9781571819697
Pub. Date:
01/28/1998
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Partners in Production?: Women, Farm, and Family in Ireland

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

by Patricia O'Hara

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Overview

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

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. The analysis in this volume reveals, often through their own voices, how contemporary farm women experience life on the family farm and how they have managed to create their own spheres of influence, despite their apparent unequal status and invisibility in the male world of agriculture.

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 mothers' influence on social reproduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571819697
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Women in Family Farming in Ireland: The Context

Chapter 2. Women, Farm and Family in Ireland: Concepts and Issues

Chapter 3. Researching Women in Farm Families

Chapter 4. Creating the Farm Family: Becoming a Farm Wife

Chapter 5. Inside the Family Farm: Women’s Work and Family Farming

Chapter 6. Inside the Farm Family : Distribution of Resources

Chapter 7. Securing the Future: The Reproductive Role of Farm Women

Chapter 8. Women in Family Farming in Ireland: Conclusions and Reflections

Bibliography

Index

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