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Households, gender and rural-urban migration: reflections on linkages and considerations for policy

Chant, Sylvia (1998) Households, gender and rural-urban migration: reflections on linkages and considerations for policy. Environment and Urbanization, 10 (1). pp. 5-22. ISSN 0956-2478

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Identification Number: 10.1177/095624789801000117

Abstract

This paper highlights the interrelatedness of gender and household organization in a central aspect of developmental change: rural-urban migration. It demonstrates the significance of intra-household dynamics for understanding the gender selectivity of population movement and shows in turn how this contributes to household diversity among low-income groups in both rural and urban areas. It also shows that although most women have little choice in determining decisions over their own or others' migration (or household arrangements), the "feminization" of household headship which so often results from demographic mobility is not necessarily negative for women. The paper concludes that governments and agencies could do more for gender equality by acknowledging the potentially transformative role of interventions aimed not only at, but inside, households, and by adopting more flexible positions towards household diversity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://eau.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 1998 Sage
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 20:19
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/22732

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