Gender Studies Seminar

Thursday 18 June 2015, 15.30

Lisa Bossenbroek: Broken dreams? The gendered youth experiences of agrarian change in the Sais, Morocco.

Lecture, discussion and drinks

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Organised by Gender Studies WUR

Thu 18 June 2015 15:30 to 18:00

Venue Leeuwenborch, C 82

Young men and women of the Sais, Morocco, are key players in the current change process in the agricultural plain. Their experiences, stories and dreams illustrate:

1.    how futures and identities in the Sais are deeply gendered; and

2.    how their differentiated aspirations are intimately linked with the current agrarian transformations.

Lisa presents from an article she just wrote and submitted together with Jan Douwe van der Ploeg and Margreet Zwarteveen. She will address how rural youngsters experience agrarian change and what new insights these experiences provide. Youngsters skilfully and cautiously create room to realize their aspirations. They gradually carve out new and more modern farming identities, and are able to merge rurality with modernity. Since the (future) livability of the countryside may depend on allowing youngsters to realize their dreams, structural analysis of agrarian change would profit from integrating the gendered experiences of youngsters.

Lisa Bossenbroek is a PhD candidate with the Rural Sociology Group and the Water Management Group, Wageningen University. Her PhD research focuses on the co-shaping of gender and agrarian change in the Sais, Morocco. Her promotors are Margreet Zwarteveen and Jan Douwe van der Ploeg.