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Bearing the Brunt
Impact of Rural Distress on Women

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June 2009 | 260 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book refutes the rising general perception that the gender gap in India is decreasing.

The argument is strengthened by calculating the gender gap index at two time periods and providing quantitative information along with information pertaining to numerous case studies.

Selecting relevant welfare indicators and focusing on the neglected dimensions of gender equity, Bearing the Brunt: Impact of Rural Distress on Women discusses the gendered impact of rural economic distress with respect to employment, agricultural production, natural resource management and food security. It shows that women are bearing the brunt of the increase in rural economic distress at the turn of the century, with spillover effects on their physical and social wellbeing. The gender gap index shows a widening of the gender gap in welfare between mid-nineties and this decade. The discourse is based on official statistics obtained mainly from the National Sample Survey and the Census of India.

This book will be an excellent reference source for researchers working in the fields of development economics, health, education and welfare economics and gender studies. It will also add value to the programmes of government departments, NGOs, and other institutions that are working in the fields of women and child welfare, rural development, equitable growth and gender parity.

M S Swaminathan
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
Marginalization of Rural Workforce
 
Shrinking Land Base
 
Rising Indebtedness
 
Declining Profitability of Farming
 
Women's Access to Technology
 
Women's Access to Land and Water Resources
 
Implications for Productivity Enhancement in Agriculture
 
Women's Involvement with Natural Resources
 
Types of Natural Resource Conservation Efforts
 
Women in Natural Resource Management Programmes
 
Benefits from Women's Participation in the Natural Resource Management
 
Labour Force Participation and Work Participation of Women
 
Type of Employment Available to Women
 
Women's Paid Work and Unpaid Work
 
Unemployment and Wage Differentials
 
Micro-Credit and the Self-help Groups
 
Widening Gender Gap
 
Reasons for Widening Gender Gap

Bearing the Brunt is well organized and provides

numerous insights into a difficult, multi-dimensional social

phenomenon. It is also interesting and timely, especially

considering the global nature of the evolving market

economy. Scholars interested in economics, healthcare,

education, and gender studies in an international context

will find a lot to like. Considering that the content of this

book is specifically centered on gender relations in terms

of economics in rural India, this book would be most

useful in academic spheres for exploring economics or

gender in either India or a comparable region. It is also

important to note the significant implications of the

policy suggestions regarding topics like wage equality,

access to adequate nutritional resources, and healthcare

that Vepa includes throughout the book. These suggestions

would add rich insight to a wide range of

international social policy.


Bearing the Brunt is well organized and provides numerous insights into a difficult, multi-dimensional social phenomenon. It is also interesting and timely…Scholars interested in economics, healthcare, education, and gender studies in an international context will find a lot to like… this book would be most useful in academic spheres for exploring economics or gender in either India or a comparable region. It is also important to note the significant implications of the policy suggestions regarding topics like wage equality, access to adequate nutritional resources, and healthcare that Vepa includes throughout the book. These suggestions would add rich insight to a wide range of international social policy.

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