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Hull, Elizabeth (2014) 'The Social Dynamics of Labor Shortage in South African Small-Scale Agriculture.' World Development, 59. pp. 451-460.

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between unemployment, family structure, and labor allocation in rural South Africa. Chronic joblessness has meant that many young, unemployed adults remain in the parental home. However, their productive labor is often not utilized in family farming. Using detailed ethnographic data on intra-household social relations, I argue that the prohibitive cost of marriage, and its consequent decline, has led to the erosion of obligations formerly implied by the “conjugal contract”. Young, unmarried adults often have limited responsibilities to provide labor or income to the parental home, diminishing the overall viability of small-scale farming.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology > Food Studies Centre
ISSN: 0305750X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.02.003
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 10:12
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18206

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