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dc.contributor.authorPhilips, Amali*
dc.contributor.editorSweetman, Carolineen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T10:12:36Zen
dc.date.available2011-05-24T10:12:36Zen
dc.date.issued2003-07-01en
dc.identifier.issn1355-2074en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/741954313en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/131523en
dc.descriptionMarriage is the most auspicious rite of passage in the life of a Tamil woman worker in Sri Lanka's tea plantations. It supposedly confers on her the power to bring wealth, prosperity and health to her family, and to enhance the well-being of her husband. In reality, however, married women on the plantations experience self-denial, sacrifice and subordination in impoverished male-ruled households, even as they suffer exploitation and gender discrimination as workers in the capitalist system of plantation production. Patriarchy and the plantations, or kinship culture and capitalist agriculture, complement each other in subordinating women as wives and workers. In this article, I explore the connections between gender-based inequality and culture, focusing on women's experiences of marriage and work. I then reflect on the possible directions for development programmes undertaken in the plantations. The material for this article is drawn from field research conducted in six Sri Lankan tea estates between December 1999 and July 2000. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the <a href="http://www.genderanddevelopment.org">Gender and Development</a> website.en
dc.format.extent10en
dc.format.mimetypePDFen
dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/rethinking-culture-and-development-marriage-and-gender-among-the-tea-plantation-131523
dc.subjectFood and livelihoods
dc.subjectGender
dc.titleRethinking culture and development: marriage and gender among the tea plantation workers in Sri Lankaen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9221en
dc.identifier.journalGender & Developmenten
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.subject.countrySri Lankaen
oxfam.subject.keywordAgriculture
oxfam.subject.keywordGender mainstreaming
oxfam.subject.keywordGender and Development Journal
oxfam.subject.keywordGaD
prism.issuenameMarriageen
prism.number2en
prism.volume11en
dc.year.issuedate2003en


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