We help our husbands! Negotiating the household budget in rural Burkina Faso

Thorsen, Dorte (2002) We help our husbands! Negotiating the household budget in rural Burkina Faso. Development And Change, 33 (1). pp. 129-146. ISSN 0012-155X

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Abstract

This article addresses the intra-household division of responsibilities among the Bisa and Mossi in south-eastern Burkina Faso. Based on a detailed village study of the land use which revealed that women cultivated 31 per cent of all the land in 1997, gendered practices in household budgeting are investigated. Although the proportion of women's own-account agriculture suggests that they contribute substantially to household consumption, the majority of women maintain that they only help their husbands when contributing in areas that, ideologically, are his responsibility, for example by providing food and by paying school fees and materials. In this way, women keep within the norms of showing respect for the husband but, at the same time, they may press him to fulfil his obligations

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
S Agriculture
Depositing User: Dorte Thorsen
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 07:08
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 07:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43330
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