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Title:Women Working for Wages: Putting Flesh on the Bones of a Rural Labour Market Survey in Mozambique
Authors:Sender, JohnISNI
Oya, CarlosISNI
Cramer, ChristopherISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:women workers
rural poverty
rural economy
Labor and Employment
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03057070600656291
Abstract:The life stories of six women working for wages are analysed together with quantitative data from the first ever large-scale rural labour market survey undertaken (between May 2002 and April 2003) in Mozambique. Quantitative data from three provinces are used to emphasize the heterogeneity of the characteristics of women working for wages as well as to examine hypotheses about dynamic processes suggested by the life stories. It is argued that there are important methodological advantages to be gained if researchers can cross-check their own quantitative survey data with qualitative data they have collected themselves, as well as with a wide range of historical and secondary sources. The policy implications of the findings concerning the extreme deprivation suffered by many rural wage workers, the intergenerational transmission of poverty and the relative success of some rural women are discussed. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]