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Roots of History, Seeds of Change: Women Organic Farmers & Environmental Health in Jamaica

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dc.contributor.advisor Leach, Belinda Harris, Laila Zahra 2012-09-11T14:38:51Z 2012-09-11T14:38:51Z 2012-09 2012-08-22 2012-09-11
dc.description.abstract This research seeks to address the gap in the literature on women, health, and environments by exploring the factors that motivate Jamaican women farmers to practice organic agriculture and how these might relate to their understandings of environment and health. The experiences and decisions of women farmers are also positioned within wider historical contexts of colonialism and agricultural change. Integrating a variety of theoretical frameworks, including public issues anthropology, ethnoecology, rural sociology, and feminist political ecology, my own scholarly analysis is merged with the perspectives of the women farmers interviewed in this qualitative study. This research found that women organic farmers in Jamaica were motivated by various factors related to environment and health and impacted by the island’s legacy of slavery and industrialization. The findings of this thesis can be used to encourage the practice of organic agriculture and to improve human health and environmental wellbeing in Jamaica and beyond. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Richard and Sophia Hungerford Travel Scholarship, Yeandle Family Graduate Scholarship, Richard and Sophia Hungerford Graduate Scholarship, Registrar’s Research Grant for Graduate Students, Registrar’s Research Travel Grant en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject organic en_US
dc.subject women farmers en_US
dc.subject women organic farmers en_US
dc.subject organic agriculture en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject environmental health en_US
dc.subject colonialism en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject industrialization en_US
dc.subject women, environments, and health en_US
dc.subject women's environmental health en_US
dc.subject Jamaica en_US
dc.subject Jamaican agriculture en_US
dc.subject women organic farmers in Jamaica en_US
dc.subject industrial agriculture and human health en_US
dc.subject the negative impact of industrial agriculture on the natural environment en_US
dc.subject pesticides en_US
dc.subject agricultural chemicals en_US
dc.subject historical contexts of agricultural production in Jamaica en_US
dc.subject women organic farmers and environmental health en_US
dc.subject organic farming en_US
dc.subject motivations for organic farming en_US
dc.title Roots of History, Seeds of Change: Women Organic Farmers & Environmental Health in Jamaica en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Public Issues Anthropology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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