Rice Plus


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Rice Plus

by Susan H. Lee (Author)



ISBN: 9780415977005


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Explores the economic coping practices of rural widows in the aftermath of the Cambodian civil war, exploring their access to key economic resources. This book concludes that although Cambodia's gender arrangement offered many economic options to widows, it also devalued their labour in a cultural structure of inequality.

War decimated widows' family support networks, including the loss of children, their social security. The study concludes that Cambodia's gender arrangement offered many economic options to widows but also devalued their labor in a cultural structure of inequality. Gender, poverty, and war interacted to reduce widows' financial resources, accounting for their economic vulnerability.


ISBN 415977002
ISBN13 9780415977005
Publisher Routledge
Format Hardback
Publication date 30/03/2006
Pages 182
Weight (grammes) 374
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152

Preface List of Tables
Map of Cambodia
I. Third World Widows' Economic Vulnerability
The Economic Context of Widows' Lives
Southeast Asian Gender Patterns II. Cambodian Social and Historical Context
Cambodian Family and Economic Life
Cambodia's History of Armed Conflict
III. Rice Plus and Family Solidarity
The "Rice Plus" Economic Strategy
Household Variations in Strategy
Family Solidarity
Microenterprises: Source of Cash Income
Wage work: Selling Labor Power
Sexual Division of Labor
The Long-term Consequences of War IV. Widows' Access To Productive Resources Land
V. Widows Surviving (Barely): Subordination and Resistance
Surviving or Barely Surviving?
Theoretical Implications
Appendix A: Named Widows Appendix B: Glossary
Reference List