Gendered livelihoods and social change in post-apartheid South Africa

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Abstract

This article employs gendered livelihoods analysis and participatory methods to examine the politics of development among small-scale rooibos tea farmers in a rural coloured area of southwestern South Africa. Differentiating between sources of conflict and cohesion, I discuss how communities navigated resource scarcity, unstable markets, and shifting relations. While patriarchal dynamics informed livelihoods, with males and elders enjoying greater access than females and young adults, women took advantage of relatively fluid female roles to enter into agriculture and commerce. In contrast, rigid male roles and unattainable expectations of manhood isolated men, engendering destructive behaviors among young men in particular. Communities maintained social cohesion through democratic arrangements, and a politics of identification enabled research participants to relate to differential interests. In addition to providing situated and relational insight into the identitarian aspects of rural development, participatory gendered livelihoods analysis offers a critical means for deconstructing power and decolonizing knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalGender, Place and Culture
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StateAccepted/In press - Apr 14 2018

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Keywords

  • Development
  • gender
  • identity
  • postcolonial feminism
  • social change
  • South Africa

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  • Gender Studies
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Gendered livelihoods and social change in post-apartheid South Africa. / Keahey, Jennifer.

In: Gender, Place and Culture, 14.04.2018, p. 1-22.

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