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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China$
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Stevan Harrell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219885

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219885.001.0001

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Nuosu Women's Economic Role in Ninglang, Yunnan, under the Reforms

Nuosu Women's Economic Role in Ninglang, Yunnan, under the Reforms

(p.256) Chapter 15 Nuosu Women's Economic Role in Ninglang, Yunnan, under the Reforms
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Wu Ga

University of California Press

This chapter details, on the basis of long-term, extensive field research among Nuosu in Ninglang County, Yunnan, the aspirations, obstacles, and contradictions that face women who attempt to manage their households to achieve prosperity in a commercializing economy. Not surprisingly, their success varies, often according to the degree of access they enjoy to markets for cash crops and livestock. In addition, gender roles in a reforming economy are also undergoing uneven change, with access to markets and male labor migration giving women more economic power in some areas, while in other communities women either see the demands on their labor increase with the introduction of new crops or, in the remotest areas, return to something resembling their role in the subsistence economy that existed before the great Communist experiments with collective agriculture.

Keywords:   Ninglang County, agriculture, commercializing economy, livestock, male labor migration, gender roles

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