Gender, Power and Property: In my own right . The Rural Economy Development Programme (REDP) Working Paper Series
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Anne Byrne, Nata Duvvury, Áine Macken-Walsh, Tanya Watson (2013) Gender, Power and Property: In my own right . The Rural Economy Development Programme (REDP) Working Paper Series. Working Paper
Women on farms in Ireland are a subject of feminist analysis for five decades. Salient themes are the constraints of patriarchal agriculture (O'Hara 1997; Shortall, 2004), the invisibility of women's farm work (Viney 1968; O'Har a 1998), gender inequalities in ownership of farm assets (Watson et al. 2009) and increasing professionalisation of farmwomen outside of agriculture (Kelly and Shortall 2002; Hanrahan 2007). Most women enter farming through marriage and family ties. Land o wnership is identified by Shortall (2004) as the critical factor underpinning male domination of the occupational category 'farmer' and considerable power differentials between men and women in family farming. This is an area that requires further investig ation. Our analysis, framed by theoretical models of feminisation and empowerment, explores cases where male farm property ownership in Ireland is disrupted in conventional and non - conventional agricultural settings. Do these cases provide evidence of new opportunities for women to become farm property owners, and in what contexts? What consequences do these opportunities have for farmwomen's empowerment and agency? How does women's farm property ownership disturb rural gender relations in the context of the family farm?