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Hymnelius, Rebecca, 2019. “We do not like to stay in the villages just cutting grass and looking after the livestock” : patterns of change in the rural Ramechhap district of Nepal. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



This thesis is about continuity and change in rural Nepal with the purpose of understanding what changes migration has brought about in rural villages in the Ramechhap district. Migration is not a new phenomenon in Nepal, which has a long history of both domestic and foreign migration. However, in Nepal’s recent history there has been a considerable rise of foreign migration for labour which has affected the rural households in several ways. This thesis, therefore, explores the social, economical and agricultural changes due to migration, focusing on how these changes have affected the women in different local contexts in the villages. Through the lens of empowerment, feminization of agriculture and lifeworld, the thesis focuses on the stories of the women in the villages and their perceptions of how migration affects them. The field work took place in three rural villages; Chisapani, Farpu and Chasku and the data was collected through semi-structured household interviews, focus group discussions and observations. The results suggest that there are indeed changes which affect women socially, economically and through agricultural aspects. However, the results also suggest that the changes are complex and are depending on many aspects which influence the women’s lives such as caste, class, hierarchies and age as well as customs and traditions. Migration has been a significant driver resulting in changes in rural villages of Nepal, however, development and continuity, in the form of traditions, are still key players affecting the lives of household members.

Main title:“We do not like to stay in the villages just cutting grass and looking after the livestock”
Subtitle:patterns of change in the rural Ramechhap district of Nepal
Authors:Hymnelius, Rebecca
Supervisor:Marquardt, Kristina and Khatri, Dil
Examiner:Hansen, Kjell
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY007 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:changes, empowerment, feminization of agriculture, lifeworld, migration, Nepal, remittance, rural households, women
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural sociology and social security
Deposited On:13 Mar 2019 09:45
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jun 2020 12:07

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