Sex Roles (2011) 64:446–447 DOI 10.1007/s11199-010-9900-5 BOOK REVIEW Bearing the Brunt: Impact of Rural Distress on Women. By Swarna S. Vepa, SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India; Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2009. 230 pp. $39.95 (hardback) ISBN: 978-81-7829-925-9 Shannon MacFarlane Published online: 11 December 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010 As Vepa indicates, it is the general perception that the economic opportunities for the rural poor are declining. She gender gap in India has declined since the turn of the also presents evidence that the agricultural workforce is century has been supported through increasing rates of increasingly becoming feminized. Vepa discusses this economic growth, literacy, and school enrollment, as well transition in terms of what she calls a “distressed as improvements in health and nutrition. However, economist migration,” which refers to a population who migrates Swarna S. Vepa argues in Bearing The Brunt: Impact of because they are experiencing a significant number of Rural Distress on Women that these rates are deceiving and hardships within their current location, which they hope to do not reflect the actual welfare of the general population. avoid in the new location. India’s difficult agricultural Vepa develops her argument using a variety of data, conditions has
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