Trying to Grow – Gender Relations and Agricultural Innovations in Northern Ghana

ab 20,90 

Martina Aruna Padmanabhan

ISBN 978-3-8258-6368-9
Band-Nr. 3
Jahr 2002
Seiten 280
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Rurale Geschlechterforschung

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Martina Aruna Padmanabhan explores the negotiations at the inter- and
intrafaces of knowledge and gender. The author analyses the construction of
gender and knowledge to reveal how innovations in agriculture either transform
existing gender relations or unfold a transcending potential. The case studies on
the cultivation of cowpeas, onions and soybeans by Dagombas and Kusasis
show that supposedly gender-neutral agricultural innovations become contested
fields when men and women are „Trying to Grow“. The
contextualisation and
social connotation of a crop decides over women’s participation in rural
development. This study throws a fresh light on the management of agricultural

Dr. Martina Aruna Padmanabhan has been
trained as an agricultural engineer in
Berlin, Nottingham and Göttingen. She graduated in Rural Sociology with a
pronounced interest in gender studies, sociology of knowledge and participatory
methodology and gained vast empirical experience during fieldwork in India
and Ghana.