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Brown University (1999)

Women’s family roles and economic activities in urban Mali

Diallo, Assitan

Titre : Women’s family roles and economic activities in urban Mali

Auteur : Diallo, Assitan

Université de soutenance  : Brown University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1999

This study focuses on family roles and co-residence in households as the principal influences on women’s economic activities, assuming that all able Malian women have the desire to work. The effects of a wife’s role on women’s remunerated activities is examined in the light of the gender roles theory. A second approach stresses the norm of intra-gender stratification as explaining the relationship between family role obligations and women’s economic activities. Whether the norm of collective child-rearing in Mali fits in the analytical tool of the maternal role incompatibility hypothesis is the second theoretical discussion. The data used was collected in Bamako in 1992, by the Center for Study and Research on Population and Development (CERPOD).

The findings show that householders are twice as likely as wives to work full-time in either economic sector, these are usually unmarried women whose decision-making power and flexibility allow them to prioritize their economic role over the domestic demands. The lower status of in-laws among female co-residents is not proved to be a stronger deterrent of cash work. The results confirm the compatibility of child care responsibilities with women’s participation in the informal sector, and highlight the negative impact of the co-residence with children aged 5–9 on women’s chances of full-time employment in the formal sector. Women with several children aged 0–4 seem to balance well their maternal role and cash work in either economic sector.

Présentation (ProQuest)

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