Feminization of agricultural production in rural China : a sociological analysis

X. Meng

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Rural-urban migration of male labour force is an unstoppable process in China. Although some women also migrate to work in cities, most of these women return to the villages after marriage. They need to take care of the children and the family and to work on their smallholder farms. In general, women‟s labour participation in agriculture has increased due to the migration of the male labourers and they have become the main labour force in smallholder agriculture. This thesis is a sociological analysis on the impact of this change on the situation of these women and on smallholder agriculture from the women‟s perspective.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van der Ploeg, Jandouwe, Promotor
  • Ye, J., Co-promotor, External person
  • Wu, H., Co-promotor, External person
Award date14 Jan 2014
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789461738158
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2014


  • female labour
  • agricultural production
  • rural women
  • family farms
  • feminism
  • sociology
  • gender
  • gender relations
  • woman's status
  • emancipation of women
  • women
  • agriculture
  • rural development
  • china


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