Originally published in 1994, this book brings together papers developing feminist analyses of the rural condition from a wide range of industrialised countries, informed by the national and local cultural constructions of gender and rurality which they interpret. The chapters address the gendered power relations of rural households and agricultural science; women’s mobilisation in farming and environmental politics; the intersection of domestic and rural values and practices as they shape gender identities.

    Introduction: Feminist Perspectives in Rural Studies Sarah Whatmore, Terry Marsden and Philip Lowe 1. Gender Relations and the Rural Labour Process Jo Little 2. Contesting Rurality: Country Women’s Social and Political Networks Elizabeth Teather 3. Constructing the Future: Cooperation and Resistance Among Farm Women in Ireland Patricia O’ Hara 4. Engendering the Farm Crisis: Women’s Political Response in the USA Katherine Meyer and Linda M. Lobao 5. Rural Women’s Status in Family and Property Law: Lessons from Norway Marit S. Haugen 6. Women Farmers and the Influence of Ecofeminism on the Greening of German Agriculture Mathilde Schmitt 7. Rural Women’s Environmental Activism in the USA Carolyn Sachs 8. Men, Women and Biotechnology: A Feminist ‘Care’ Ethic in Agricultural Science? Berit Brandth and Agnes Bolsø.


    Terry Marsden, Philip Lowe and Sarah Whatmore

    Review of the original edition of Gender and Rurality:

    ‘The most important merit of the book is the empirical information it provides.’ Lyda Res, Experimental Agriculture, Vol 31, Issue 3