Nuosu Women's Economic Role in Ninglang, Yunnan, under the Reforms

Wu Ga

in Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520219885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935259 | DOI:
Nuosu Women's Economic Role in Ninglang, Yunnan, under the Reforms

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This chapter details, on the basis of long-term, extensive field research among Nuosu in Ninglang County, Yunnan, the aspirations, obstacles, and contradictions that face women who attempt to manage their households to achieve prosperity in a commercializing economy. Not surprisingly, their success varies, often according to the degree of access they enjoy to markets for cash crops and livestock. In addition, gender roles in a reforming economy are also undergoing uneven change, with access to markets and male labor migration giving women more economic power in some areas, while in other communities women either see the demands on their labor increase with the introduction of new crops or, in the remotest areas, return to something resembling their role in the subsistence economy that existed before the great Communist experiments with collective agriculture.

Keywords: Ninglang County; agriculture; commercializing economy; livestock; male labor migration; gender roles

Chapter.  4950 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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