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Cotton and Cabaret: Domestic Economy and Female Agency in Burkina Faso
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4865-0144
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the functioning of the domestic economy of smallholder cotton farmers with the overall aim of interrogating female agency, based on ethnographic fieldwork in Burkina Faso in the mid-1990s. The thesis addresses the following interrelated research questions: How were the smallholder domestic economies organized and how did they function? What were the mechanisms for economic inequality and social stratification? To what extent did women benefit from cotton farming? What economic strategies were available to women? And finally, how could female agency be conceptualized in relation to the domestic unit under male headship? Permeating the analysis is the insight that domestic economies of many West African farming societies consist of separate but interconnected economic domains, the “common” economy of the farming unit and the “individual” economies of its male and female members. It demonstrates that women have vested interests in both the common economy and their individual ones, since women’s individual undertakings, to a large extent, are motivated by their gendered responsibilities towards the domestic group. The study argues for an agency concept that captures the different modes in which women exercise agency, both as individuals and as members of social bodies.

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Stockholm: Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University , 2020. , p. 228
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Stockholm studies in social anthropology, ISSN 0347-0830 ; 23
Keywords [en]
household economy, agency, gender, women, gendered livelihoods, farming, cotton, edible plants, shea, beer brewing, Bobo, Burkina Faso, West Africa
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Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177876ISBN: 978-91-7797-972-2 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7797-973-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177876DiVA, id: diva2:1384047
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2020-03-05, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2020-02-11 Created: 2020-01-09 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved

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