Women wielding the hoe: Lessons from rural Africa for feminist theory and development practice : Deborah Fahy Bryceson (ed.), Cross Cultural Perspectives on Women, Vol. 16. Berg, Oxford, 1995, xi + 282 pp., £14.95
This book sets out to explore some of the enigmas of African female hoe cultivators -- their
productive and reproductive patterns and associated social relations and resource control.
The central theme is the critical role women play in African agricultural production and the
lessons to be drawn from the authors' fieldwork for feminist theory and development
practice. Twelve contributors, mostly anthropologists, present work which is firmly
grounded in long-term direct field experience in Africa: this, indeed, is one of the main
strengths of the collection.